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Aggregates supports #leics3peaks

We are delighted that Aggregate Industries will be supporting this years Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge.

Along with entering a large team into the event itself and supplying the bags for our our event goodie-bags, the company will also have a team of volunteers ready to cheer on our Challengers (and providing what we are sure will be some much appreciated refreshments!) just after we’ve come down off our first peak at Bardon Hill.

Huge thanks for the support!

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New members welcomed to PBS Club

All our Proud Business Supporters make a massive difference in their local community.

We are delighted to have recently welcomed two new Gold members to our PBS Club.

Mortgage Advice Bureau Hinckley based on Castle Street in Hinckley, provide Mortgage and Protection Advice throughout the UK and advise on Mortgages, Remortgages, or Equity Release. Steven Tempest (who is also trekking in the Sahara Desert for us next March!) says: “We’re a close, friendly team and we are delighted to support Charity Link”.

Leicestershire-based company Homebrook was established in 2006 and provides complete commercial refurbishment services for offices, business centres and flexible working spaces. Jane Walker, Director at Homebrook said on joining the Club: “We are proud to be able to support a worthwhile local charity and to give something back to our local community.”

We have also welcomed Kangaroo UK  as a Silver Club Member.

As our Club continues to develop, we are now offering a Bronze level membership to help businesses of all sizes change local lives.

We are delighted to welcome Cognates and Total Industrial Engraving to the Proud Business Supporter Club as our first bronzes members.

Gold members offer a £100 monthly donation, Silver members offer £50 and Bronze members offer £20. Due to our unique way of working, every £10 helps to buy £50 of essential items so all members make a massive difference. Along with making such a difference, Club members also benefit from a range of promotional opportunities and events. For details of the club, visit www.charity-link.org/pbs or email rachel.markham@charity-link.org

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Everards Community Excellence Fund Grant

We are delighted to have been awarded funding through the Everards Community Excellence Fund supported by The Everard Family Foundation & Carling.

The grant will be in support of The There With You Fund and will enable us to provide essential items to people in Leicestershire directly impacted by the pandemic, including:

8 beds,

8 cookers,

8 fridge-freezers

household vouchers..

… to change the lives of a minimum of 30 individuals / families in real hardship over the next few weeks.

On behalf of the many clients the funding will support, huge thanks to the Fund!

@everards1849 @carling @sembleUk

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New note cards – out now!

We are excited to launch two fabulous new Note Card ranges – thanks to our Proud Business Supporter Matt Glover Photography , who has kindly allowed us to use his stunning nature shots and also Full Square who have assisted with printing. We have: The Pink Pack &The Blue Pack!

Each pack features five cards of two designs (10 cards per pack, with Kraft envelopes provided) and cost £5. Blank inside for your message, the cards are a lovely way to keep in touch or mark a milestone – knowing that at least 50% of the proceeds will be helping to provide essential items to people in need.

Available now on our website* at www.charity-link.org/shop and soon at the Lifestyle Barn at @BawdonLodgeFarm .*plus p&p

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New child poverty report

New research from the End Child Poverty Coalition – conducted over the past five years – shows that even pre the COVID-19 pandemic, child poverty has been rising – with over half a million more UK children living in poverty than five years previously.

The research shows that children know what poverty means; the feeling of embarrassment, the assumptions that they won’t achieve anything, and the anxiety and uncertainty that impacts your mental health.

It also shows that three-quarters of children in poverty are from families where at least one parent is in work.

The report shows that:

* In the year 19/20 in the East Midlands, 27% of children were living in poverty.

*In the list of the 20 local authorities with highest increase in child poverty rates after housing costs, 2014/15 to 2019/20 Leicester had risen from 30% to 37.7% .

The Coalition is calling on the Government for a comprehensive plan to tackle child poverty, including an increase in children’s benefits and to stop the £20 cut to family income that is due in October 2021. The report also highlights that the impact of the pandemic is not yet known. With our 140+ years of experience supporting those in need, we know that the hardship that COVID-19 has caused will continue for a considerable time to come. Even when the economy starts to recover, it will take a considerable period before those benefits filter down to those most in need.

Thank you once again for your continued support, which is helping to ensure a decent quality of life for more vulnerable local families in the communities in which we work. Read the full report here: http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/#childpoverty#endchildpoverty#childpovertyfigures

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Leicestershire 3 Peaks Sponsorship Opportunities

As we look forward to opening up registrations for our award-winning Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge later this month, we have a number of sponsorship opportunities available.

If you know a business who would like to support this popular event (taking place on 26th September) which, in turn, will help to ensure people in need are warm, safe and fed, please get in touch.

From being a key sponsor to helping to provide the popular doggie-goodie bags for our four-legged finishers, you can find out all the details at www.charity-link.org/leics3peaks

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There With You Fund – making a difference over the past year

Today (14th April) the Leicester Mercury produced a feature on the There With You Fund, launched exactly a year ago to support people across Leicestershire finding themselves in hardship and directly impacted by the pandemic.  Read the article here which includes a client, Shannon, sharing her story.

For more information on the impact your support is having during the COVID crisis, click here.

 

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Did Captain Tom inspire you this time last year? New 100 fundraising challenge launched

Did Captain Tom inspire you this time last year?
Have you heard, that today (6th April) a new fundraising drive for charities has been launched to help mark all that Captain Tom achieved?
All you have to do is think of your own ‘100 themed’ fundraising challenge or activity to raise funds between Friday 30 April and Monday 3 May.
There are no rules (apart from Government guidelines on the roadmap out of lockdown) and it’s open to everyone. Do it your way and have fun!
Bake 100 cakes, tell 100 jokes, do 100 laps of your own garden….
Get sponsored = support Charity Link = change the lives of those most in need due to Covid-19.
Or you could simply decide to donate 100 pennies or 100 pounds and make a real difference! We’d love to know what you have planned.
Remember £5 raised for Charity Link helps to provide £25 of essential items for those in need.
If you don’t know how this magic works, or you are planning to lend your support, we’d love to hear from you – email Rachel at rachel.markham@charity-link.org
You can use the special Virgin Money Donation site which contains more information here – or simply raise funds and donate in any of the usual ways.
Remember we’d love to hear what you have planned and see photos or please do share your activities on social media and tag us too.
If you need some ideas – click for 100 on the Challenge PDF here.
Good luck!
#captaintom100