• 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.
Read the spring edition of our supporter newsletter Thrive – click here find out how we are helping in the Covid-19 crisis, about our new patron, past and future events and service news.
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.
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.
#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. (www.justgiving.com/campaign/charitylink) Find out what others are doing for the day using the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow
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.
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.
Eighty year old Liz Warren from Evington contacted us keen to take part in the 2.6 Challenge to raise funds for Charity Link.
Liz and her springer spaniel Lucy have been going for one walk a day but to keep Lucy fit and engaged during the pandemic, Liz has been throwing lots of balls in the garden, which Lucy loves. Lucy is nearly ten but Liz says she is still full of energy.
Liz has decided to set a target of 260 ball throw and retrieves for her and Lucy, starting on Sunday and finishing on Saturday (depending on how Lucy is feeling!) and the dynamic duo are hoping that you may like to sponsor their efforts. Maybe you could offer 1p or 10p per throw (for donation of £2.60 or £26?).
Liz has asked for donations to be made directly to our Meeting The Need campaign page and Liz and Lucy would love it if you left a little message of support too. We’ll post some updates during the week to let you know how it’s going.
“When Lucy is excited she goes round and round in circles, barking loudly. She loves it when the ball goes into a bush and she has to find it. Her main obsession, though, is just chasing the ball. As we can’t go out as much at the moment I have spent a lot of time throwing the ball for her and when I saw Charity Link’s appeal, I wondered if I could use our game to raise some money. I am going to do two sessions each morning to help us meet our target and she would love that.”
“We are both coping well with lock-down. Lucy loves the fact that I’m staying in with her all the time and she enjoys coming to lie down with me while I practise the piano – which I am doing more of now! She has never been keen on visitors coming to the house so, from her point of view, life is perfect now!
Liz adds; “I’m very lucky that I have very supportive neighbours and friends so there are very few problems arising from the lock-down. But this challenge and hopefully helping to raise some vital funds for Charity Link will give us a positive focus.”
To support Liz and Lucy, visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/charitylink to make your donation and send a message.
Thank you so much to everyone who has lent their support, either directly to Charity Link, including via our ‘Meeting the Need campaign (www.justgiving.com/campaign/charitylink) or via the new There With You Fund launched by LeicestershireLive. You can read about some of the clients who we’ve already been able to help during the crisis here. This is only possible with your support. Thank you.
A week today, the 26th April, is 2.6 Challenge day!
This was the day millions would have ben raised for UK charities via the London Marathon. Instead, people throughout the UK are invited to do something, with a 2.6 theme to raise money for their favourite charities.
We’d love you to support Charity Link and there are lots of ideas on the main 2.6 challenge website (you’ll find us listed as Leicester Charity Link on the JustGiving link and as Charity Link on the Virgin Money link).
We’d love to hear your creative ways of getting involved and your photos from the day. Or you may simply like to donate £2.60 – and you can of course donate via usual methods if you prefer.