East Midlands Chamber's Charitable Fund

As part of the Annual Christmas Lunch held in Leicester in December 2015, the Chamber set up the East Midlands Chamber Charitable Fund as a result of charitable donations by members at this event. The fund is administered by Chamber member Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation and provides a platform for the Chamber to support charitable causes, in our case the charities in Chamber membership, while also managing all the money safely and within charitable law, claiming Gift Aid and so on.

The charitable year runs November to November, to coincide with our President’s term of office. Charities are selected from Chamber membership by the incoming President in November and announced at the Annual Christmas Lunch in December. The total amount raised by the Fund during the year is then split equally and presented at the Chamber’s Annual Christmas Lunch the following December.

Fundraising during 2021 reached a new height with £12,000 raised from various Chamber events and activities.  At the Chamber's 2021 AGM, held virtually, it was announced that the charities nominated during 2021 would each receive £4,000.  They were: 

  • Chesterfield Samaritans
  • Nottinghamshire Hospice
  • Help the Homeless Leicester

At the same event,  the Chamber's new President, Lindsey Williams, announced the new beneficiaires for 2022 which are: 

Treetops Hospice

Treetops Hospice is a leading end-of-life care charity for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Since 1983 we’ve opened our arms and our hearts to support many thousands of local people, and their families, through the most difficult time of their lives.

Our caring and dedicated team of 47 hospice at home nurses, 45 compassionate Bereavement Counsellors and Wellbeing Team members are working day and night for the people in our community.  We're so proud of teh 34,000 hours of care they give each and every week.

The work we do to give our bereaved children a shoulder to lean on is important. With help, we’ll carry on giving them over 1,000 counselling sessions a year.

We can’t do all this without our amazing supporters and we’re grateful for every single penny you donate.

Together, let’s make every day count.


Focus Charity

A scrap of paper on the wall at Focus’ Leicester city centre base reads “Focus is family”. It was written by a young person involved in one of our projects and it has become something of an unofficial mission statement. Every person involved in Focus has a right to be heard and a responsibility to look after the organisation. This permeates throughout, from beneficiaries to trustees.

Established in 1988, Focus is a young people's charity. Our philosophy is simple: we believe that through volunteering and community activity, young people can develop the skills and attributes they need to be successful in their lives and to positively influence their peers and their communities to address social injustices. We significantly improve the lives of young people aged 13-25 years by supporting them to develop the skills, confidence and aspirations to lead fulfilling lives and to make a positive contribution to their communities. Since we were founded, we have inspired over 20,000 vulnerable young people to believe in themselves, because we believe in them.

During 2022, our work will have a specific focus on improving mental health outcomes for vulnerable young people, as they navigate their way out of the pandemic that has had such a devastating impact on them.


Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is the county’s largest environmental charity - run by local people for the benefit of local wildlife.  We manage nature reserves across the county, champion nature and inspire adults and children about the natural world. 

We care for dozens of nature reserves across the county, including a mixture of valuable wildlife habitats ranging from beautiful wildflower meadows to splendid ancient woodlands.  We engage local communities through events, education and volunteering opportunities and seek to ensure our county is a healthy and wildlife-rich place to live.

We aim to create a wilder future for Nottinghamshire, with a vision to recreate and reconnect our fragmented landscape. This involves restoring large areas of habitat, improving the connections between greenspaces and making the wider landscape more wildlife friendly.

Together we are working to create a wilder future for Nottinghamshire where nature and people can both thrive.

Watch to find out how your donations can help our 2022 nominated charities:

Previous Charitable Fund recipients and total raised

2021 recipients:

  • Chesterfield Samaritans
  • Nottinghamshire Hospice
  • Help the Homeless Leicester
  • Total raised: £12,000

2020 recipients:

  • Chesterfield Canal Trust
  • The Mighty Creatives
  • Young Enterprise East Midlands
  • Total raised: £2,868

2019 recipients: 

  • Twenty Twenty 
  • Total raised: £2,429

2018 recipients:

  • Hope Against Cancer
  • Leicester and Leicestershire Animal Aid
  • Rhubarb Farm
  • Total Raised: £3,615

2017 recipients:

  • LOROS Hospice
  • Maggies of Nottingham
  • Blythe House Hospice
  • Total raised: £2,959

2016 recipients:

  • Ashgate Hospice
  • RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Branch
  • Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People
  • Total raised: £2,464


You can donate directly to the Chamber's Charitable Fund as follows:

The Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation set up personally-named local giving funds for companies and individuals, families and groups of friends. Having a fund or foundation with the Community Foundation is like having your own charitable foundation – but it’s much less expensive, and the Community Foundation manages auditing, reporting and administration.

The Community Foundation keeps abreast of local charitable, voluntary and community groups, and can even introduce you to great local causes.  You may not have heard of some of them, but their sterling work helps keep our area healthy, safe and thriving. 

The Community Foundation also delivers grants locally for other organisations, including the government and its partners, and reinvigorates dormant funds. During 2020, it launched a Coronavirus Support Fund, made up National Emergency Trust and Department of Culture Media & Sport money and donations from local companies and individuals. As at end October, it has awarded over £1m.