Charities

Chance to run around Powderham Castle grounds

FORCE Cancer Charity and City Runs are combining to offer a race through some of the most spectacular parkland in Devon.

Powderham Castle will provide the backdrop for the Power Run Exeter event on Saturday April 2.

There are two distances available – five or 10 miles - around private areas of the Castle estate on a multi-terrain course.

With breathtaking views, the event is perfect for new runners and those looking for something a little more challenging.

The partnership with City Runs comes a time when FORCE is working hard to recover from the effects of...

Jurassic Fibre proves money can ‘grow on trees’ for Hospiscare

Authored by Astley Media
Posted: Wed, 01/26/2022 - 11:19am

Exeter-based broadband company, Jurassic Fibre, has helped raise money for Devon charity Hospiscare by helping them swap Christmas trees for cash.

The award-winning telecoms company, which is currently delivering gigabit connectivity to overlooked communities across the South West, supported Hospiscare by volunteering staff members and vans to assist in the charity’s Christmas Tree Recycling fundraiser.

The initiative involved collecting people’s Christmas trees to recycle in exchange for donations to Hospiscare. 1,200 trees were collected from Exeter, Exmouth and Honiton...

Food Charity appeals for retired volunteers

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 01/25/2022 - 3:49pm

FoodCycle , the charity that aims to make food poverty, loneliness and food waste a thing of the past for every community, is in urgent need of volunteers. This month, FoodCycle will invest in a national recruitment campaign to try to entice more people to join them.

While volunteer roles are open to anyone who has some time to spare, the current drive will particularly target retired members of the community.

Alex Hatherly, South West Regional Manager explains why:

“Only around 3% of our FoodCycle volunteers are retired yet we’ve found with the combination of...

Five men holding pasties

Local businesses sink their teeth into competition with Men’s Walk launch stunt

Authored by SofyR
Posted: Tue, 01/25/2022 - 1:05pm

Men’s Walk will return on Saturday 12 March to raise vital funds for Hospiscare. The popular fundraising event offers two ways to take part this year in order to raise vital funds for families living with a terminal illness. Participants can choose to walk a route of their choice in their local area or join the event at Double Locks in Exeter.

As the fundraiser is renowned for its triple perks – a pint, a pasty and the rugby – the charity chose to celebrate the event launch with a pasty eat-athon. Five key representatives of these well-loved elements competed to earn the glory of...

Support your local crew by out running an ambulance

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 01/22/2022 - 12:47pm

The 2022 ‘Outrun an Ambulance’ virtual event has been launched by the South Western Ambulance Charity.

People in the South West of England are being asked to rise to the challenge and support the region’s ambulance workers, by conquering the mileage an ambulance covers on an average shift while responding to people in urgent need.

The South Western Ambulance Charity, the charitable arm of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT), first launched the ‘Outrun an Ambulance’ fundraiser in 2021 and generated nearly £12,000 of vital donations.

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British Heart Foundation shop in Exeter urgently needs volunteers

The British Heart Foundation shop in Exeter is urgently appealing for volunteers this New Year, as it gets back up and running, following the pandemic.

This January, the shop is encouraging the public to give the gift of time and get involved – whether that’s working the till, sorting donations or welcoming customers. The BHF has plenty of exciting volunteering roles available for those looking to support their local community, improve their wellbeing and widen their social network while supporting a good cause.   

The charity’s 712 nationwide shops are bouncing back...

Princesshay invites applications for its 2022/23 Charity of the Year

Princesshay is inviting charities to apply to become its Charity of the Year for 2022 – 2023. From April 2022, the chosen Charity of the Year will be able to use Princesshay’s busy outdoor event space to fundraise to visitors throughout the year. The charity partner also benefits from money raised from centre led fundraising and events plus promotion through Princesshay’ssocial media channels and website.

Over the last decade, Princesshay has partnered a different local charity each year, helping them raise much needed funds and awareness of the services they operate in the...

Group of people from Otter Garden Centres ready to walk in aid of Hospiscare

‘Brilliant’ total raised for Hospiscare by Otter Garden Centres

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Wed, 01/19/2022 - 11:41am

It’s the third year in a row that the Ottery St Mary garden centre has raised funds for Hospiscare, in what has turned out to be an epic success with the 2021 fundraising total topping £14,700!

This is particularly impressive in yet another year where the pandemic impacted so many charities with postponed or cancelled events.

During the year, efforts included a team from Otter participating in the Hospiscare walk, this year renamed ‘Twilight with a Twist’. The routes were planned by Lauren Pearcy and Sally Bright and 33 walkers completed either 6 or 13 miles. This event...

National law firm announces partnering with a host of local charities

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 01/16/2022 - 11:32pm

Browne Jacobson has announced its new charity partners which it will support to raise vital funds for over the next two years. Each of the firm’s five offices have nominated a local community charity that underpin its commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as corporate social responsibility. The regional charities include two organisations that are focused on tackling homelessness, an organisation that works with unemployed and disadvantaged young people; an organisation that is helping to forge connections between young people from diverse, lower income backgrounds and...

There’s always time for a cuppa with Exeter, Mid & East Devon Samaritans

The local branch of Samaritans is encouraging people across East Devon to reach out to someone they care about for a cuppa and a catch up for Brew Monday, January 17.

Whilst the third Monday in January is sometimes referred to as ‘the most difficult day of the year’, the charity is highlighting that there’s no such thing as ‘Blue Monday’ as people can feel a range of emotions any day of the year.

Volunteers from the Exeter, Mid & East Devon branch Samaritans will be joined by station staff at a range of station in Exeter and across much of the county on January 17...

Aldi donates 9,350 meals to charities in Devon over Christmas

Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Sun, 01/09/2022 - 9:19pm

Aldi has supported local charities, community groups and food banks in Devon by donating 9,350 meals to people in need this Christmas.

The supermarket paired up its stores with local organisations to make the most of unsold fresh and chilled food after stores closed on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, as part of its pledge to donate 1.8 million meals to families experiencing food poverty during November and December.

Around 550,000 meals were donated nationwide and more than 700 UK causes benefitted from the initiative over the festive period.

The...