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Leicester Comedy Festival night raised £1,000 for Leicester charity Link

An extra special Leicester Comedy Festival experience was held at The Almanack, Highcross and raised over £1,000 for Leicester Charity Link. 65 guests attended the sell out gig to enjoy a night of good company, great food and fantastic comedy.

Canapé style pub bites were served upon arrival then guests move into the restaurant area for their main course and dessert. A stage was set up in the bar area with theatre style seating, lights, microphone and a whole host of comedians waiting in the wings: David Morgan, Pete Smith, Ben Ennis, Harriet Dyer and Anthony King.

David Morgan, compère, ad libbed with the audience in his typical exuberant style. The gags just kept coming and coming from comedians Peter Smith, Ben Ennis and Harriet Dyer. Then Anthony King headlined the evening with his unique brand of dry wit, observational comedy and finished the night with a few songs thrown in too. A fantastic evening was had by all and the best bit, £1,000 was raised for a worthwhile cause.

Sue McEniff, Director of Marketing & Fundraising at Leicester Charity Link, said “It was a fabulous night; a big thank you to everyone who supported our comedy event, The Almanack and all the comedians who ensured that the night was a great success. Due to the unique way in which we work we can convert every £10 donated into £50 by accessing money from charitable trusts that are available to help individuals in need. Which means that we can convert the £1,000 raised on the night into £5,000 – all of which will go help many, many, local people and children in desperate need.”

Go to lucie loves Highcross for a review of the evening.

Click here for photos courtesy of Studio 68.

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Leicester Tigers supporting Leicester Charity Link

Leicester Tigers are supporting Leicester Charity Link through a cashback scheme, for each ticket sold via the scheme Leicester Tigers will donate £5 to Leicester Charity Link. Tickets are prices at the standard rate for adults, concessions, students and juniors (u-16s).

The next match is:

Leicester Tigers vs London Wasps

Saturday 19 February 2011, kick off 5.00pm

To book tickets use the cashback booking form attached and return to:

Nick Smith, Leicester Tigers, Aylestone Road, Leicester,  LE2 7TR

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The UK Poverty Rip Off – Report from Save the Children

Save the Children have issued the following report today:

“Low income families are still paying more than wealthier families for basic goods and services – and energy bills are the worst offender.

Everyday necessities such as bills and insurance are costly for everyone – but for too long those on lower incomes have had to pay extra for the same energy bills, credit, cookers and other goods than wealthier families often because they do not have access to the best deals. This is simply unfair.

For a typical low income family, the extra they pay – called a poverty premium – has risen from an average of £1,000 in 2007 to £1,280 or more in 2010.

Most significant has been the rise in energy bills – and the health of low income families ultimately pays the price. The government’s Warm Home Discount Scheme will offer rebates to some, but not all those who need it.

Act now: Call for all low income families to get a rebate

Around 20% is the rising cost of gas and electricity

Average bills for poorer families are £1,134 per year, compared with £881 for wealthier families (before the latest hikes in heating prices are even taken into account). It’s feared that by 2020, the energy poverty premium could be as much as £1,800 per year.

Many parents have to choose between a hot meal or heating

Cold living conditions increase children’s susceptibility to illness and damages respiratory health. Education is also affected if there is no warm, peaceful space to do homework.

You have to prioritise heating because you have to have the house warm enough for kids”. – Lana, mum of two.”

Please click www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/50_UK-poverty-rip-off for more information.

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VAT increase hits poorest

Many of the poorest people and children within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland may suffer as a result of the VAT increase today on items such as cookers, beds and fridges.

The most vulnerable within our region rely on the services of Leicester Charity Link to provide these basic essentials. These items can help families in an emergency or when a crisis hits and also to help those who have experienced homelessness set up a new home.

Jim Munton, Director of Operations at Leicester Charity Link has warned that the VAT increase will impact significantly on the number of items that the charity will be able to provide and therefore the number of people they will be able to help.

Jim Munton – “The increase in VAT means that we will need to raise an additional £7,000 funds this year to ensure that we can continue to support the thousands of people who come to us for help. These are costs that we can’t recover as grant making charities cannot register for VAT. Charities are currently being hit from all sides, increased VAT, reduced income due to poor return on investments, reductions in government funding and increasing demand for our services”.

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Leicester Comedy Festival Event Tuesday 8th February 2011

Come and enjoy a bellyful of laughs… and food in aid of Leicester Charity Link on Tuesday 8th February 2011 at The Almanack.

Anthony King and Dave Morgan will be providing the laughs. The Almanack will treat you to an extra special comedy experience with pub bites upon arrival and a two course meal, and you will have a nice warm feeling knowing that proceeds raised will be helping local vulnerable people and children who are experiencing poverty, hardship and crisis.

Tickets cost £25* only per person, which includes entry, pub bites upon arrival, a two course meal and the comedy experience. Proceeds raised on the night will be donated to Leicester Charity Link. Tickets are limited so please book in advance.

The comedy experience starts at 6.30pm.

To book online please click www.justgiving.com/leicestercomedyfestival

*Excludes drinks

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Leicester Charity Link Golf Day raises £4,500

A charity golf day held in aid of Leicester Charity Link has raised £4,500. The event sponsored by Flowers Associates, a recruitment consultancy based in Rothley, was held in the beautiful surroundings of Stapleford Park.

Ten teams fought it out across a challenging course, on what was a cloudy but rather chilly day. Luckily help was on hand in The Pavilion whereby all golfers could relax over a two course meal and listen to golfing tales and tribulations by guest speaker Peter McGovern, Profession Golfer at The Belfry.

It was a tightly fought contest, with Charnwood Accountants emerging as the winning team. Mark King from the Charnwood Accountants team won the Nearest the Pin competition, Russ Canfield from the F&J Furniture team won the Longest Drive competition and Steve Stone from the F&J Furniture team was crowned the most valuable player.

Sue McEniff of Leicester Charity Link said: “Everyone who attended had a wonderful day and an amazing £4,500 was raised. Due to the unique way in which we work, we will be able to convert the £4,500 raised on the day into £22,500 by accessing grants for individuals in need. All of that £22,500 will go to help local vulnerable people and children in desperate need. I would like to thank Flowers Associates, all the golfers and sponsors who ensured that the day was a great success.”

Adam Flowers, Consulting Director of Flowers Associates said “Our business is all about people and it’s great to be associated with a people focussed organisation like Charity Link.  To know that we have had a hand in improving the lives’ of so many in the local community is extremely satisfying.”

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Leicester Charity Link has been nominated for the NatWest Community Fund

Thank you to everyone who nominated Leicester Charity Link for the NatWest Community Fund, we are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted along with two other charities.

Customers will now have the opportunity to vote who receives £3,000 and who receives £1,000. Voting will take place in seven local branches  from 12th October to 5th November. If you are a customer, know someone who is or are just passing then please pop in and vote for Leicester Charity Link.

Thank you for your support – we can’t do this without you.