East Midland Chamber's Charitable Fund

The Chamber’s charitable activities are managed by the East Midlands Chamber Charitable Fund, which was set up in 2016 and is administered by the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation.

At the Chamber's 2018 Christmas Lunch, held at Winstanley house, Leicester, the three charities nominated during 2018 - Rhubarb Farm, Leicester and Leicestershire Animal Aid and Hope Against Cancer - each received a one-third share of £3,615. To read the press release on this presentation, click here. 

At the same event,  the Chambers's president, Kevin Harris, announced the new beneficiaires for 2019 which are: 






Twenty Twenty is an employment and support charity that breaks cycles of worklessness, hopelessness and dependency in the most deprived areas of Leicestershire and Derbyshire and Rutland, through working with young people aged 11-24. We believe that every young person has incredible potential, and that the most disaffected young people are resources to be developed rather than problems to be solved.

The young people who come to us live without hope, in the most deprived neighbourhoods, many from families who are now long term unemployed:

They have failed at school, through being excluded or not being able to engage with mainstream education. They exist in a demoralised state, feeling neglected and without a meaningful future;

They face a wide range of personal and social needs: poor physical and mental health, learning disabilities (many are on the autistic spectrum), caring responsibilities (including teenage motherhood), lack of decent housing, family criminality, gross economic disadvantage, low level drug addiction and a complete lack of societal or family support.

We exist to help these young people become independent, healthy, aspirational citizens who have the skills and wherewithal to hold down secure and progressive jobs.

Contact: Jonny Rudge, Head of Fundraising - jonny.rudge@twentytwenty.org.uk




SkillForce is an education charity that delivers life-changing, character and resilience-focused education programmes to children aged 6 to 18 using the skills and experience of our predominately ex-Service veteran instructors. Having served their country in the British Army, Navy or the RAF, they are now serving in schools in their communities. Collectively they are helping to improve and indeed transform the lives of over 11,000 children and young people.

SkillForce has a unique dual mission, namely, to develop confidence, resilience and self-worth in young people, particularly those most at risk of social exclusion whilst also helping former Service personnel to transition to civilian life, giving them renewed purpose, a paid job and a new, rewarding career working with young people.

The principal vehicle for the delivery of these vitally important skills is our new Prince William Award for 6 – 14 year olds. This is the only award programme of its kind and the only programme to bear the name of our Patron, HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge.

The charity also works with 14 – 19 year olds on confidence, resilience, employability and essential life skills through its SkillForce Prince’s Award, the PEP and mentoring programmes.

Contact: Ben Slade, Chief Executive Officer – ben.slade@skillforce.org or 01623 827651.




CHICKS is a children’s charity that provides free respite breaks for disadvantaged children. CHICKS works with children aged 8-15 who are facing a range of challenging circumstances at home, including poverty, being a young carer, suffering abuse or neglect, or being recently bereaved. Through a week-long respite break at one of our 3 retreats, including our newest in Derbyshire, CHICKS gives these children the chance to try new experiences, explore the beautiful countryside and just be children again.

Contact: Mabel Duncombe, Partnerships Manager - mabel@Chicks.org.uk or 07973 687 871.