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Continuing to make a massive difference

Thanks to the support of the local community are continuing to make a massive difference during the Covid-19 pandemic and have helped to change the lives of many vulnerable local people:

  • So far, since the start of the pandemic lock-down in March, we’ve received 774 requests for help (379 requests were from those directly impacted by the pandemic).
  • We’ve helped 1,568 people, of which 637 were children
  • We’ve distributed 1,141 essential goods worth £162,316.87 including food, clothing, beds, cookers, fridges and household items including kettles and microwaves.

Thank you to the many individuals, businesses, Trusts and Organisations (including most recently Hastings Direct, Skipton Building Society and Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation ) for your vital support.

You can continue to lend your support here or why not get involved in our #StridesApart2020 fundraiser this September?

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Launched today – Strides Apart 2020!

It has been an extremely difficult time for many of us and at Charity Link we are facing a huge loss in fundraising income with a number of planned events already cancelled.

We’ve been keeping our fingers crossed regarding our popular (and now award winning!!) Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge which takes place each September.

Due to many factors it has become clear that unfortunately we can’t run this event as usual this year ……but we are so excited to today be launching Strides Ahead 2020 – this year’s slightly different version of our 16 mile walking or running challenge!

All the details can be found at

If you’re on social media please also follow our Facebook event page for regular updates and to share your thoughts on the event too.

We hope you will support Strides Apart 2020, whether you want to tackle 16 miles in one go (including taking on our unique Leicestershire 3 Peaks route) or do it over a few days or as part of a relay. Everyone signing up to Strides Apart 2020 will receive an exclusive t-shirt to proudly wear to highlight that you are helping to improve the lives of local people living in hardship, including those directly impacted by Covid-19.

We hope that Strides Apart 2020 inspires you to get out, to get fit and gives you something really positive to work towards. Remember that every £10 raised will enable us to provide £50 worth of essential items to the most vulnerable local people so you really will be making a difference. We need your support now more than ever, so …. are you up for it?!



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Success at the East Midlands Charity Awards 2020!

We are delighted to let you know that Charity Link picked-up two awards at the East Midlands Charity Awards which took place (virtually) last night (11th June) .

Our Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge received a ‘Rising Star’ award in the Fundraising Event of the Year Category which is fantastic for this key annual fundraising event of ours.

We are so proud of our Director of Marketing & Fundraising, Sue McEniff, who WON the Director of the Year award for all she has achieved during her time at Charity Link – an wonderful acknowledgement!

Sue says: “I am truly humbled, proud and honoured to have received the Charity Director of the Year award.

In a category with so many worthy finalists I was rather taken aback to win this prestigious award but I am delighted, as it helps to shine a well-deserved spotlight on Charity Link’s vital work.

Thank you to everyone who has sent me such lovely messages. I truly love my role at Charity Link and it really is an honour to work with such a dedicated team of staff and volunteers and to share the fantastic efforts of all our supporters, helping to improve the lives of local people in hardship.”

#emcharityawards #cheerforourcharities

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The impact of Covid-19

• We’ve already seen an 11% rise in the number of clients needing our help since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in our community.
• In the first six weeks following the lockdown, 51% of requests for help were from those directly affected by Covid-19.
• During this period we helped 561 people, 238 of whom were children.
• We expect the number of people needing our help to continue to rise.

Find out more about the impact of Covid-19 on our work and how we are making a difference here.

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Thomas Harley Trust provide school meals for vulnerable families

Sue Stevenson, one of Charity Link’s Trust Administrators, has received a lovely thank you message from the Headteacher at Ivanhoe College in Ashby de la Zouch which was provided with a grant from the Thomas Harley Trust (one of the many charities utilising our Trust Administration services) for school meals during the Easter holidays when children of key workers / vulnerable children were attending the school but no food provision was provided:

“Thank you so much for the cheque we received last week for £1,600 to support the families of Ivanhoe students during the Covid-19 crisis. Please pass on our thanks to all the Trustees for this generous support which is very much appreciated and has supported some of the most vulnerable families in the area with funding to replace their Free School Meals at this difficult time.”

To find out more about our Trust Administration services, click here.

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Rotary Club of Leicester to provide beds for families in need due to Covid-19

The Rotary Club of Leicester is kindly helping to provide vital beds for local families in need due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Club, one of the oldest and largest Rotary Clubs in the UK, has donated over £2,000 – raised by the Club together with support from a Rotary Foundation District Grant – which will help to provide 14 beds to vulnerable people in need.

To read more on this vital donation click here.


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Today is #GivingTuesdayNow

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity which is an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

The Day is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together with the idea that people share a message of gratitude on social media to show appreciation for all the people who have supported you and others through this difficult time, including NHS workers, delivery drivers, bin collectors, public transport workers, care workers, post men & women, emergency services, community volunteers, neighbours, and of course charities!

The idea is that generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in the lives of others. People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow, whether it’s helping a neighbour, advocating for an issue, or sharing a skill. And if you are in a position to make financial donation to Charity Link for our ‘Meeting the Need’ campaign, that would be fantastic and very much appreciated. ( Find out what others are doing for the day using the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow

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Leicestershire 3 Peaks featured in East Midlands Chamber magazine

Great to see coverage of our Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge in the latest (April) issue of Business Network, the magazine of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.  See page 25.

Our first ever Corporate Team Cup Competition winners, Octopus Energy, give their feedback of the event in the article with a great photo showing them still smiling despite the wet weather we all faced at the end of the 2019 event!

We are very much hoping that this event will still go ahead this September. The date for your diary is Sunday 27th September. Find out more about our unique Challenge here.

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Alex Climbs Everest For Charity Link!

Thank you to Alex Gemmell in Leicester who has taken on our Climb Mount Everest Challenge to raise funds for us during the Covid-19 crisis.  By day 13 of the Challenge Alex has completed 558 flights of stairs – that’s 26,226 steps and nearly half way to the summit.  See photos of Alex in action on our social media pages and if you’d like to lend your support you can sponsor Alex on her online giving page here.

Thanks to everyone who has sponsored Alex’s fantastic efforts, helping her to raise £240 so far.

It’s not too late to join in – take on a stepping challenge of any scale and any time period to help raise vital funds.   Click on the link above to find out more about the Challenge.