Westcountry author writes 'Tales From The Lockdown' to raise money for Hospice UK

A well known Westcountry journalist and writer has used the power of his pen during the lockdown to raise money for a health charity.

In doing so, newspaper columnist Martin Hesp believes he is the first person to write a book filled with stories which focus solely on the coronavirus lockdown and to publish the work while the pandemic continues.

Mary Youlden

Mary Youlden



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“With winter now gone, we are starting to witness a whole new level of poverty and issues” comments Tara Bowers, Chair of ECOE.

Poverty and Hardship soar during Covid crisis

Authored by Exeter Community Energy
Posted: Thu, 05/28/2020 - 12:10pm

Last year Healthy Homes for Wellbeing, run by Exeter Community Energy (ECOE) launched a Winter Warmth campaign highlighting the issues of fuel poverty and hard to heat homes faced by local residents each and every winter. The campaign generated almost £5000 for the Healthy Homes Hardship Fund, thanks to the generosity of local residents. This money has been used over the past 6 months to support low income and vulnerable households with purchases such as electric heaters, fridges, washing machines, cookers, fuel vouchers and basic repairs.

Online comedy night to raise money for Devon charities

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 05/27/2020 - 9:19pm

On Sunday 7th June at 7.30pm #BellyLaughsatHome will land on the screens of Devon’s residents, with money being raised for Devon Air Ambulance, Daisi and FareShare South West.

Performers on charity single Help!

Musicians and medics record stay-at-home charity single

Authored by FORCE Cancer Charity
Posted: Wed, 05/27/2020 - 8:42am

A group of local musicians and medics have joined together to produce a charity video.

The eighteen talented performers have recorded a version of Help! by The Beatles.

And they all played their part from the safety of their own homes.

The video is raising money for FORCE Cancer Charity, which has continued to support local people throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

Seven-year-old girl’s lockdown challenge to help keep children safe

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 05/21/2020 - 11:19pm

A Devon primary school girl is determined to help other children during the pandemic after realising that not all children would be safe at home whilst schools are closed.

Daniela had been enjoying quality family time since schools were shut, but decided to come up with a way to help other children who might be feeling sad and so set herself a fundraising challenge to raise funds for the NSPCC.

Marie Curie’s famous fundraising campaign goes virtual to recover devastated fundraising income 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 05/19/2020 - 11:22pm

Marie Curie’s famous Blooming Great Tea Party is going virtual this year and the charity needs tea party hosts in Devon more than ever before to make up for the devastating effect the coronavirus crisis has had on the charity’s income.

The end of life charity is calling on you to throw a Blooming Virtual Tea Party from home this summer. While staying indoors is the new normal, throwing a virtual tea party is a fun way to stay connected to the ones you love during this time and a great way to support nurses working on the frontline of the crisis.

Charity rolls out Free accredited online activity sessions for disabled children across UK 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 05/19/2020 - 10:37am

Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has announced that it is to extend its programme of online activity sessions, for disabled children, across the UK.

The 'LifeSkills' programme, open to disabled children and those with additional needs aged 8-18, will be delivered through online video calls, three times a week, and has been designed to encourage children and their families to participate in activities outside a school setting.

Fundraisers needed for rebrickulous Lego Walk 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/18/2020 - 9:05pm

Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is appealing for fundraisers to sign up for its charity Lego Walk, on Sunday 31st May, 2020.

Lego walking has become increasingly popular in recent years with the current Guinness World Record being held by Sonny Molina, from Illinois, USA, who walked 12,696ft 2in over the interlocking plastic bricks.

Exeter Dementia Alliance

Exeter Dementia Alliance reflects on five years of learning and seven weeks of lockdown

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 05/14/2020 - 1:00pm

The Exeter Dementia Alliance was originally set up to reduce the stigma and misconceptions of dementia by raising local awareness, educating and working with partners towards a more dementia friendly city.

EDAA were due to celebrate their five year anniversary today (Thursday 14th May) at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, but the event was postponed like so many in recent weeks.

Exeter Chiefs

Online Auction helps to raise £13,000 for NHS Charity

Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Fri, 05/08/2020 - 12:08pm

The Exeter Chiefs Foundation have today handed over a cheque in the sum of £13,000 to representatives of the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital Charity.

The money was raised from a week-long Online Auction, run by the club’s official charity, which saw numerous signed memorabilia collected by the club over the years put up for sale.

Signed shirts, training tops, together with international kit and shirts from rival clubs, were among the many items on offer.