Below are details of previous Mayor's charity appeals and where possible, the amount raised.

For more information about the Mayor's annual appeal, or for information about how you can make a donation, please get in touch with the Mayor's Office on:

The charity appeal 2021/22

Living Without Abuse (LWA) believes that all people have the right to live safely and without fear of violence and abuse.

LWA offer information and advice to anyone experiencing domestic abuse and/or sexual violence. LWA can also provide support services to anyone living in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland. LWA are committed to raising awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence, working towards its prevention and eradication, and assisting those affected by this crime to determine their own lives.

LWA is part of a consortium called United Against Violence and Abuse (UAVA) and together they deliver services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland for domestic and sexual abuse.

Marie Curie Nurses work on the front line, night and day, in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support.

Their nine hospices offer the reassurance of specialist care and support, in a friendly, welcoming environment, for people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones around the UK.

Their trained Helper volunteers and advisers are there for you with practical information and support when you don’t know what to do next or just need to talk.

The charity appeal 2019/20

Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need when things get challenging or difficult.

Admiral Nurses work alongside people with dementia, and their families: giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions. The unique dementia expertise and experience an Admiral Nurse brings is a lifeline–it helps families to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.

Most Admiral Nurses work in the community for the NHS, and others work in care homes, hospitals and hospices. Admiral Nurses work with people and families affected by all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies.

The charity appeal 2018/19

Sense is a national disability charity that began by supporting those who are deafblind. Today they continue to do this but also support people with other complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued. They support children, young people and adults in their home, in the community and at their centres, in their education and transition to adulthood and through holidays, arts, sport and wellbeing programmes.  Also, they offer practical help and support to families and carers, including information, advice, short breaks and family events. Their mission is simple – to make sure no one with complex communication needs is isolated, left out or unable to fulfil their potential. There is a Sense charity shop in Loughborough.

The Woodland Trust protects and campaigns on behalf of this country’s woods, plants trees and restores ancient woodlands. Their vision is a UK rich in native woods and trees for the benefit of people and wildlife and would want them enjoyed and valued by everyone within the British Isles.   In total their landholdings in the UK extend to over 73 square miles. Within Charnwood Borough there are woodlands managed by the Woodland Trust.

The charity appeal 2017/18

Myaware is a National Charity supporting people living with myasthenia, a group of rare neuromuscular diseases characterised by fluctuating & sometimes fatal muscle weakness. The local support group meet regularly in Loughborough providing support, information and education, a lifeline for those living with the daily reality of myasthenia, and their carers, friends and family. Myaware also raises awareness and provides funding for vital medical research, with all funding relying entirely on donations.

The Loughborough Wellbeing Cafe delivers a monthly Friday eve wellbeing cafe for adults who experience mental health problems in Charnwood. It is a safe, supportive and welcoming place to go when other support services are closed. It operates a 'person centred' approach, developing regular activities in order to build confidence and resilience, reduce isolation, develop a peer support network and develop new skills.  A range of activities such as yoga, mindfulness, bread making, arts and crafts as well as providing a befriending and signposting service too.

The charity appeal 2016/17

Birstall Playgroup for Children with Special Needs is available to residents in Charnwood and the surrounding area. The playgroup is free for children aged from 0 to 5 years with a wide range of disabilities to come and enjoy play activities including sensory play and physical play that does not depend on a child being able to walk or climb. Speech, sign, symbols and pictures are all used routinely. Their aim is also to help support parents & carers who often arrive shortly after diagnosis of their child's condition. They can feel traumatised by the massive adjustment that they need to make and the impact on their whole family; while their children are playing they meet in the coffee shop on site where they share experiences and information. They have created an enormously important support network which is a tremendous help when needing someone to turn to. The playgroup is open for two days a week and receives no state funding

Charnwood Branch of Cancer Research UK committee members consist of only 6 volunteers, including for 37 years the Mayoress, all of whom work tirelessly for the cause, they all share a common passion – to raise money for research into the causes, prevention and cure of Cancer. Money raised by the group goes to the oncology unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The charity appeal 2015/16 

The Sorrel Youth Cafe is a unique youth facility in the heart of Mountsorrel. It provides a safe space for young people from Mountsorrel and the surrounding villages to meet with friends, chat, use the internet, play games and join in activities.

TwentyTwenty help disadvantaged and disengaged young people to develop self-belief, self-worth and motivation, whilst achieving academic qualifications and learning work ready skills that help them to find and keep good jobs.

The charity appeal 2014/2015

The Exaireo Trust was formed to help homeless people rehabilitate themselves by providing accommodation, education, skills training, advice, support and practical work experience. 

Canine Partners assist people with disabilities to enjoy greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs, whose well-being is a key consideration. The aim is to train dogs to meet the needs of people with the most complex disabilities.

The charity appeal 2013/2014

John Storer House offers a warm welcome to all its customers and clients. 2013 marked the 300th Anniversary of the charity started by John Storer, promoting action for a just and inclusive Charnwood. 

The Alzheimer's Society is a national organisation that offers advice, friendship and support to those with all forms of dementia and support for their families and carers. 

The charity appeal 2012/2013

Our Space aims to raise money to build a purpose built unit at the LRI specially designed for teenagers and youngsters with cancer.

The Baldwin Trust is a charitable organisation run by volunteers operating specially adapted narrow boats for those with special needs.

Councillor Wise's charity appeal raised £8,587.

Previous charity appeals




Amount Raised


 B. Burr

Age UK (Leics & Rutland) and British Heart Foundation £8,115


Steps £13,162


Warning Zone and Wishes 4 Kids £13,961

S. Campbell

Age Concern Leicestershire & Rutland ambulance £13,700

J. Tormey

Loughborough Welfare Trusts Relief in Need Fund £13,099


K.G. Pacey

The County Air Ambulance



R.M. Wilson

Glebe House



M.T. Jones

The Mayor's Sport & Arts Appeal Grants



J.W. Moore

LOROS & Macmillan Cancer Research



D.C. Green

Shaishav Childrens Project Bhavnagar
& Rainbows Hospice



A.W. Stott

National Eczema Society



N.C.N. Bird

Glenfield Hospital Cardiac Unit



J.B. Powell

Rainbows Hospice & local stroke clubs



I. Thurlby

Loughborough Guild of the Disabled & Nottingham City Hospital Kinder Unit



J. Tyrrell

Glebe House & Roecliffe Manor Cheshire Home



K. Brailsford

Loughborough Guild of the Disabled, Storer 2000, Rainbows Hospice, Arthritis+Rheumatism Research & Unicef



J. Hawkes

Rainbows Hospice & Glebe House


If you require any further information about this year's Mayor's Appeal, or that of previous years, feel free to contact the Mayor's Office.

Last updated: Tue 24th May, 2022 @ 12:31