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A HUGE big thank you to all the generous staff at Biogen and Schneider Electric who together donated over 400 Easter Eggs for the Link Foundation. Today I have delivered chocoalte eggs and soft toys to The Dash Charity, Riverside Childrens Centre, Cedar House, FNP, Upton Hospital, Stonham, Sebastian Action Trust, and East Womens Berkshire Aid

Fireworks and Fun: Saturday 4th November

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Saturday 4th November 2017

The Link Foundation is preparing for another year of fireworks and fun to help raise money for the charity and we can’t wait…

Last year was a fantastic evening, raising a staggering £8,314.12, which all goes direct to children and families in the area who are facing hardship – this year we want to beat that target!

Join us on Saturday 4th November, at Maidenhead Football Club, where we will have our usual bouncy castle, glow sticks, tombola, tea, cake and mulled wine and of course our famous fireworks. Tickets to be bought on the night.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Christmas Comes Early for The Link Foundation

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xmas-giftsFather Christmas certainly arrived today at The Link Foundation!

A huge big thank you to all the generous staff at Biogen Idec who have donated these fantastic presents, these have been delivered today to centres all over Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead and Wokingham who will pass the gifts on to all the children and families they support.

 

Pinkneys Green Community Forum make generous donation to The Link Foundation

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A community forum wrapped up 15 years of work on Monday by making a generous donation to The Link Foundation, amongst other charities.

Pinkneys Green Community Forum, based at the Pinkneys Green Youth and Community Centre in Blenheim Road, was formed in late 2001 to work with local agencies to find ways to improve the Pinkneys Green estate.

Shaun Ella, forum chairman, said: “It’s the end of an era really. We’ve had a good run, but it’s just no longer cost effective.”

The work the forum did evolved to include weekly social evenings with bingo, raffles and an annual fun day. The group also secured funds to buy a minibus to ensure transport was not a barrier for residents to attend its events. The bus was also used for Christmas shopping trips, and took several youth groups on visits to Stamford Bridge and Wembley.

Shaun added: “It’s been great. I’m going to really miss all the people.”

Kathy Newbound was a Royal Borough Lib Dem councillor in the ward for more than 20 years and was there at the group’s formation.

She said: “Sometimes in areas there’s often a real need for something to be done, but it takes someone really special to step up and bring the community together. The forum arrived at a time when there was a real need to help improve the estate.”

After liquidating what remained of its assets, including the minibus, the group found itself with a pot of £15,000.

The remaining committee members decided the money should be split evenly between other charitable organisations that serve the area, one of which being us!

Our chairman, Una Loughrey, said: “The money will be used to buy essential items at this time of year for those who can’t afford them. Plus, we’ll be providing Christmas dinner for nearly 700 families this year, so it couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Further money was also awarded to Thames Valley Air Ambulance and the Thames Hospice.

We would like to thank the Community Forum once again for their kind donation!

Great Success of 10th Anniversary Fireworks!

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Saturday 5th November 2016

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A massive thank you to all who came down on Saturday to support us in our 10th anniversary fireworks!

It was a fantastic evening with a record number of 2000 people coming through the gates. The bouncy castle and slide were a roaring success and we’ve never seen a longer queue for a slice cake and glass of mulled wine. The tombola sold out and the glow products were as popular as ever.

It was a bumper year with takings on the night reaching £8,314.12, amazing considering the whole event lasted only 2 hours!

All proceeds will go straight towards helping local children facing hardship.

A brilliant result, which could not have been achieved without the help of all our wonderful volunteers. Thank you again you all did a marvellous job!

We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

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The Link Foundation 10th Anniversary Charity Ball 2016 was a huge success!

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On behalf of myself and the Trustees of The Link Foundation, we would like to thank all our guests for coming to the Link Ball and participating so generously in our main auction of the evening. The Ball was a great success and over £21,000 was raised to help disadvantaged children and their families, a large proportion of which came from the auction.
It is great to know that people are prepared to support local charities, especially in the current economic climate and I wanted to express my sincere thanks for their generosity. The Link Foundation aims to provide basic essentials for children living in very difficult circumstances and I can assure you that 97% of all the money we raise goes directly to help children in need.
We are now booking our next Ball in 2018 and hope it to be even more successful than this year…Watch this space!

Lets Rock the Moor Saturday 21th May 2016

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On the 21th May 2016 The Link Foundation will be attending Let’s Rock the Moor festival in Cookham, Berkshire as we have been chosen as a charity of choice for the 5th year running! This family friendly festival features a line-up of some fantastic acts from the 80’s such as The Human League, Berlinda Carlisle and Jason Donovan. If you’d like to read more about what we do at the festival then below is what happened in 2015!

Last year’s event saw the The Link Foundation being chosen for the fourth year running as ‘charity of choice’ for a local festival in Cookham, Let’s Rock the Moor.

The Link Foundation sold cakes, – which the children loved – along with running a tombola throughout the day. We had ahuge amount of friends and family volunteering to help and we really cannot thank you all enough. It created a great atmosphere and it’s a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful festival. We raised much needed funds for local children who are in desperate need of basic essentials, and continued to raise awareness through our stalls and merchandise.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Nick Billinghurst who organises this local event, for choosing The Link Foundation to once again be the charity of choice.

To find more information about this exciting event go to www.letsrockthemoor.com as tickets are already on sale and selling fast.

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The Link Foundation Ball: Mercure Castle Hotel, Windsor

The fifth Link Foundation fundraising ball was held on the 4th October 2014 and once again it was a  fantastic black tie, society party, which featured delicious food, wine and entertainment.

The Link Ball was a huge success and £20,000 was raised to help disadvantaged children and their families, a large proportion of which came from the auctions on the evening which included a diamond necklace donated from Boodles and a 2 night stay at Number 4 in Stow.

It was great to know that so many guests were prepared to support the Link Foundation, especially in the current economic climate and the trustees would like to sincerely thank people for their generosity.

Link Chairman, Una Loughrey said ” All the money raised will go to help disadvantaged children and their families in the local community, It is one of our main events along with the fireworks and Lets Rock The Moor but this is our biggest fund raiser”

To celebrate our 10th Year we will once again be hosting this fantastic event and the Mercure Hotel in Windsor is already booked for 1st Ocober 2016.

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Lets Rock the Moor Saturday 16th May 2015

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On the 16th May 2015 The Link Foundation will be attending Let’s Rock the Moor festival in Cookham, Berkshire as we have been chosen as a charity of choice for the 4th year running! This family friendly festival features a line-up of some fantastic acts from the 80’s such as Level 42, Rick Astley, Bucks Fizz. If you’d like to read more about what we do at the festival then below is what happened in 2014!

Last year’s event saw the The Link Foundation being chosen for the third year running as ‘charity of choice’ for a local festival in Cookham, Let’s Rock the Moor. It was the event’s sixth year and hosted by Pat Sharpe from Absolute 80’s Radio show. We saw a plethora of 80’s bands including Kim Wilde, Chas and Dave and T’pau.

The Link Foundation sold cakes, transferable tattoos, branded balloons & slap bands – which the children loved – along with running a tombola throughout the day. We had a huge amount of friends and family volunteering to help and we really cannot thank you all enough. It created a great atmosphere and it’s a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful festival. We raised much needed funds for local children who are in desperate need of basic essentials, and continued to raise awareness through our stalls and merchandise.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Nick Billinghurst who organises this local event, for choosing The Link Foundation to once again be the charity of choice.

To find more information about this exciting event go to www.letsrockthemoor.com as tickets go on general sale on the 1st November 2014.

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A Night at the Opera

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A Night at the Opera was a wonderful Black Tie evening event with exceptional entertainment. This year we saw wonderful performances from Jennifer Brisk and Cristina Pharo who are both classically trained by Teresa Goble, an internationally renowned singer and teacher. We were also delighted to have Nigel Foster who is one of Britain’s leading accompanists and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. As if this line up wasn’t enough, Hollie Steele who some of you may remember from ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ made a guest appearance. Hollie came 5th in the 2009 finals and at only 14 years old, she is a huge talent who has to be seen, to be believed.

Joanna Baker was the host for the evening and everyone was sat comfortably with wine and cheese in hand, ready for the evening to commence at 7:30pm.

The evening began with Cristina and Jennifer singing ’Marriage of Figaro’ by Mozart, a play by Beaumarchai.

Cristina and Jennifer also sang classics like ‘Doretta’s Dream’ aria from the opera La Rondine, by Puccini and the famous ‘Habanera’ from the opera Carmen, by Bizet. Another very well know duet was the Flower Duet, from the opera Lakme, by Leo Delibes. This opera was made famous by British Airways! Cristina and Jennifer’s duets were beautiful, including one encore at the end of the night that had everyone in stiches.

Hollie sang the beautiful and famous ‘Ave Maria’ by Bach Gounod and ‘O Mio Babbino’ from the opera Ghianni Schicchi by Puccini, bringing most of the audience to tears! All in all, this evening exceeded everyone’s expectations and we cannot wait for the next.

We would like to say a special thank you to Cristina Pharo who is the organiser of this event. Without Cristina this evening wouldn’t have happened. We raised a total of £1512 from ticket sales and nibbles during the evening for The Link Foundation, which will be used to help local children in the community.

A huge thank you to everyone who came along and supported this event, and keep your eyes peeled for the next one!!

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