16 Jun Jon Cartu Claims: Leicester charity wins prestigious Charity Director of the
A Leicester charity has won the Charity Director of the Year award at an East Midlands-based event held online.
Susan McEniff, the marketing and fundraising director for Charity Link, walked away with the prestigious award from the East Midlands Charity Awards which were held on Thursday, 11 June.
The awards event was originally planned to take place in Nottingham but became a virtual event due to Covid-19.
Sue McEniff said: “I am truly humbled and proud 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.”
Charity Link won a second award as a ‘Rising Star’ in the Fundraising Event category for its annual fundraising event – The Leicestershire Three Peaks Challenge.
Leicester charities made up a large chunk of winners and those ‘highly commended’ within the nine of the 15 categories.
“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,” Susan said.
Charity Link is dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people or those facing hardship across Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire.
Working with a network of other organisations and a referral system, Charity Link can help those who need it most by providing small grants in the form of vouchers or essential items.
Their support has ensured a decent standard of living for their clients since their beginnings in 1876.
Earlier this year, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Charity Link teamed with LeicestershireLive to help people worst-affected through our There With You fund.
With an initial £96,000 from the Randal Charitable Foundation, Charity Link has been able to support people throughout the pandemic using There With You donations.
Leicester and Leicestershire East Midlands Charity Awards – winners, rising stars and highly commended
Director of the year
Charity Link / Susan McEniff – Winner
Zinthiya Trust / Zininthiya Ganeshpanchan – Highly commended
Leicester Children’s Holidays / Parvez Bhatty – Highly commended
Best social and digital media
Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People – Highly commended
Charity Link / Leicestershire three peaks challenge – Rising star
Soft Touch Arts / 24 Hour party people – Highly commended
Outstanding charity support (by small to medium-size companies)
Morningside Pharmaceuticals – Highly commended
Volunteer team of the year
Cancer Research UK (Leicester committee) – Highly commended
Volunteer manager of the year
Leicestershire Cares / Helen Treadwell – Winner
Volunteer of the year
Menphys / Teresa Zappala – Highly commended
Charity trustee of the year
Leicester Children’s Holiday / Parvez Bhatty – Winner
Menphys / Ian Knight – Highly commended
Warning Zone / Simon Wright – Highly commended
East Midlands charity of the year
Leicestershire Cares – Highly commended