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H&W’s guests help raise thousands for local charities

Hall & Woodhouse (H&W), the leading independent family-owned brewer, has raised over £9,000 this summer through its charity dish initiative and Unlock’d lager campaign, in aid of local charities across the south.

The 52 pubs in H&W’s managed house estate have included a charity dish on the menu since re-opening to the public after the nationwide lockdown in July. Over £5,000 has been raised through the sale of honey-roast ham this summer, with 25p from each purchase going to the pub’s chosen charity.

Alongside this initiative, H&W also pledged to donate...

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86,536 meals donated to Exeter charities during Covid-19 pandemic

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:14pm

M&S Exeter has donated 86,535 meals through partnerships with local causes since the 1st March, helping to support vulnerable people in the local area as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

The retailer’s food redistribution programme has been going since 2015, but the 2020 rollout of a new app which makes it easier for colleagues to donate surplus food to charities has allowed M&S to respond to the increased demand for donations from groups who are helping vulnerable people through difficult times during the pandemic. The app is now in all 585 M&S stores, enabling many...

A record-breaking year of Hospiscare donations from Darts Farm pick-your-own sunflowers

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 - 11:01pm

Over the summer months visitors were drawn to Darts Farm’s vibrant yellow fields of pick-your-own sunflowers. These positive and cheerful flowers have raised a total of £6,542 for Darts Farm’s chosen local charity, Hospiscare, with a running total of £38,554.75 raised over the past 12 years.

Michael Dart, comments: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity to help make our Pick-Your-Own Sunflowers for Hospiscare a record-breaking year. From our brilliant customers who have come to pick them, to the Pearce Seeds who donated the seeds for planting - you have all helped us to give...

Riley Jayne Home This Christmas

How you can help a local singer and mental health charity Devon Mind bring the community together this Christmas

Authored by Devon Mind
Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 - 11:16am

Mental health charity Devon Mind is proud to have teamed up with a renowned local singer-songwriter to launch ‘Home This Christmas’ , a campaign which seeks to bring the community together and help people feel less isolated during this unique and challenging holiday season.

The lead-up to Christmas can be one of the hardest and loneliest times of the year for many people, including those spending time in hospital. That’s what inspired 18-year-old Riley Jayne from North Cornwall to write ‘Home This Christmas’, an inspiring song which aims to capture and reflect “the beauty,...

A Guide Dogs staff member holds a German Shepherd Dog by the lead. They are sitting together indoors

Guide Dogs sees rehoming enquiries soar amid lockdown rush for new dogs

Authored by emma.tucker
Posted: Thu, 10/08/2020 - 3:50pm

Guide Dogs has seen a surge in applications by the members of the public looking to rehome withdrawn and retired guide dogs from the charity – and urges people to think carefully about training.

The trend follows the exploding interest in dog ownership seen during the Covid-19 pandemic, with rescue centres and puppy breeders reporting considerably higher demand.

In 2019 the charity, which has a training site in Exeter, saw an average of 355 applications every month to join its rehoming waiting list from across the UK. This increased significantly to 830 applications per...

The EFL & Mind Promote ‘Do One Thing’ Campaign this World Mental Health Day

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 10/06/2020 - 2:43pm

The EFL and its clubs will once again come together with charity partner, Mind, to collectively mark World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10 October).

With Mind's latest research revealing that more than 60% of adults and over two thirds of young people (68%) felt their mental health deteriorated during the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, encouraging conversations around our own mental health and that of others has never been more important.

Mind's 'do one thing' campaign aims to inspire people to make one small change or take one action to look after their mental health...

Hospiscare staff in running start positions

Team Hospiscare see first-hand impact of COVID-19 and step up to fundraising challenge

Authored by SofyR
Posted: Thu, 10/01/2020 - 3:04pm

A seven-strong team of hospice staff will be taking part in a brand new virtual event in October.

‘Team Hospiscare’, who all work for the local charity, will be completing a Marathon in a Month as part of the charity’s new virtual challenge event.

Since the national lockdown in March, Hospiscare’s fundraising efforts have been drastically impacted due to the closure of its charity shops and cancellation of events. The charity faces a loss of over £1 million this financial year.

The seven members of ‘Team Hospiscare’ have seen first-hand the impact COVID-19 has had...

Leading housebuilder donates £24,000 to Devon homelessness, suicide prevention and hospice charities

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 09/25/2020 - 3:52pm

Leading housebuilders Barratt and David Wilson Homes have donated £24,000 to Devon charities to help support homeless people, young men at risk of suicide and people in hospice care.

Barratt's Exeter-based team raised £12,000 through a range of events and initiatives before the lockdown, which has now been doubled by Barratt Developments' head office, in recognition of the important causes and the high level of funds raised.

YMCA Exeter is one of the charities to receive funds in order to help support homeless people in Devon. Members of the Barratt team took part in a...

Health Charity Partnership fundraising appeal in Devon shows a little help can go a long way

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 09/10/2020 - 8:23pm

People in Devon will be able to give a big boost to three life-saving charities that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19.

Tesco stores across Devon are supporting the Tesco Health Charity Partnership’s appeal to raise money for Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK from 1 to 13 September.

The supermarket chain’s customers can make a donation by rounding up their in-store shop to the nearest £1 at all manned and self-service checkouts, including pharmacies and petrol stations (manned kiosks only). All funds raised will go directly to the...

Diabetes UK is looking for cyclists in Devon

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 09/10/2020 - 7:51pm

Diabetes UK is looking for people from Devon to get on their bikes and take on the UK Wide Cycle Ride this September.

This September take your fitness up a gear and complete our coast to coast virtual challenge. You can pick your distance from one of four routes:

  • Beginners may want to tackle the 120-mile Route One – the equivalent of Dundee to Fort William
  • Experienced cyclists who are after a challenge may find the 950-mile Route Four, the equivalent of Land’s End to John O’Groats, more their speed.

The aim is to challenge yourself – at...

Business bods host quizzes to boost brain injury coffers!

Authored by Headway Devon
Posted: Fri, 09/04/2020 - 3:32pm

Calling all titans of trivia! The Exeter branch of professional networking group Business@Breakfast are running a series of fun online quizzes for local brain injury charity Headway Devon.

The group selected Headway Devon as their “charity of the year” just before lockdown hit, and have been thinking of creative ways to raise funds for this important cause.

The online quizzes will take place on three consecutive Thursdays from 1st to 15th October 2020. Running from 6-8.30pm they will cost just £5 per person each, or a discounted price of £12 per person if you attend all...