Charities

Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

Charity’s urgent plea to help protect the future of Dartmoor’s iconic ponies

Dartmoor has become a draw for thousands seeking outdoors spaces for their health and well-being during the pandemic, with the much-loved iconic Dartmoor pony a huge draw. But a leading charity has warned their future is at risk unless additional funding is found.

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (DPHT) is a charity which works to protect the future of true Dartmoor ponies in their natural, native environment. It carries out important conservation projects within 450 hectares holding it manages at Bellever, in the heart of Dartmoor, an area very popular with visitors, where a...

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Devon Air Ambulance

Because of you… Devon got a new Heli!

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 01/17/2021 - 8:43pm

The New Year brings with it new and exciting projects and plans for Devon Air Ambulance (DAA). The past year has been challenging in many ways for everyone and the team at DAA certainly met and overcame some significant challenges.

But there have also been many developments, highlights and celebrations which wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering determination of those who kindly give to Devon Air Ambulance in so many ways.

The biggest development operationally was in November when the new Airbus H145 helicopter went into service. After many years of planning...

Catherine Boult

Catherine celebrates transplant anniversary with 1000K cycle challenge 

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Sat, 01/16/2021 - 10:36am

A student from Exeter, who received a liver transplant as a baby, is embarking on a 1000K cycle challenge in a bid to raise funds for a charity which is very close to her heart.

Twenty-two year old Catherine Boult was born with the rare liver disease, biliary atresia, and was given a life-saving transplant when she was just seven months old.

“I feel very lucky. Although I have to take medication and attend regular appointments, I can lead a pretty normal life and I will be forever grateful to my donor’s family for enabling that to happen,” says Catherine. “Liver disease...

Black and white collage of employees at Dashboard that are participating in the Move For Mind event

Dashboard gets active to virtually travel 450 miles for better mental health

Authored by Danielle Agtani
Posted: Mon, 01/11/2021 - 12:03pm

Local tech start-up, Dashboard Ltd based at the Exeter Science Park is set to get active for 30 days for the Move for Mind event in aid of mental health charity Mind.

This winter is going to be tougher than many we’ve faced before, both physically and mentally. For this reason, Dashboard is kicking off the new year by getting involved in the 30 days Move for Mind event to raise funds for better mental health and encourage each other to get moving to keep the lockdown blues at bay.

Dashboard partners with the National Engineering Laboratory (NEL) in Glasgow as part of its...

FoodCycle

Food charity will continue to provide free meals during lockdown

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 01/07/2021 - 5:20pm

FoodCycle , the charity that fights food poverty and loneliness will continue to provide free meals to people in need across Bath , Bristol Barton Hill, Bristol Easton and Exeter during the current national lockdown.

As a vital service providing food and conversation to thousands of people every week across the country, FoodCycle projects can legally operate. As with other takeaway services and with additional COVID-19 policies and procedures already in place, under the new rules, they can continue to provide much needed food to local communities.

FoodCycle CEO Mary...

Aldi

Aldi donates 6,300 meals to Devon's charities over the festive period

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 12/31/2020 - 8:06pm

Charities in Devon have helped Aldi donate around 6,300 meals to people in need this Christmas Eve.

The supermarket paired up its stores with local charities, community groups and food banks to make the most of unsold fresh and chilled food after stores closed on 24th December.

Around 210 tonnes of food were donated throughout the UK, with more than 500,000 meals donated and more than 750 UK causes benefitting from the initiative in total.

The donation is Aldi’s largest to date and helped more than 9 charitable causes in Devon at a time when more people are...

Specsavers, Smile

Search for unsung Devon stars who’ve been giving the gift of a smile to us all this year

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 12/27/2020 - 11:38pm

FUN-LOVING father and son Martin and Roman Kemp have partnered with Specsavers this Christmas to find and celebrate Devon’s unsung community heroes – those people who have made us smile during the pandemic.

The hunt is on for anyone whose acts of kindness, charitable endeavours or volunteering efforts could be eligible for a money-can’t-buy prize – a one-to-one video call with Martin and Roman, plus £1,000 and a glasses voucher to spend in store.

Former Spandau Ballet musician and actor Martin says: ‘This year has been tough for all of us, but there are people who are so...

Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

Charity’s new website connects with Dartmoor’s ponies and its landscape

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 12/27/2020 - 11:34pm

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (DPHT) will gallop into 2021 with a fabulous new website making it easier for its valued supporters to keep up to date with and understand the charity’s crucial work in securing the future of native Dartmoor Ponies.

At the core of the charity’s work is its desire to inspire and connect people with Dartmoor’s wildlife, landscape and heritage. To do this, it provides innovative education and conservation opportunities so that everyone can learn more about the plight of moorland ponies, its crucial role in Dartmoor’s ecology and in helping to shape...

Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

Charity’s new website connects with Dartmoor’s ponies and its landscape

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 12/27/2020 - 11:33pm

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (DPHT) will gallop into 2021 with a fabulous new website making it easier for its valued supporters to keep up to date with and understand the charity’s crucial work in securing the future of native Dartmoor Ponies.

At the core of the charity’s work is its desire to inspire and connect people with Dartmoor’s wildlife, landscape and heritage. To do this, it provides innovative education and conservation opportunities so that everyone can learn more about the plight of moorland ponies, its crucial role in Dartmoor’s ecology and in helping to shape...

Ride hailing business spreads Christmas cheer to Exeter charities

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 12/27/2020 - 11:07pm

An app-based ride hailing business donated £250 worth of toys and goodies ahead of the festive season to the Exeter Salvation Army as part of its Christmas Present Appeal.

UVA UK is set to launch its new app-based ride hailing service in Exeter in early 2021 and has committed to lending a helping hand to local charities and community groups across the areas it operates. As part of these plans, the company has pledged to donate 3% of its overall profits to charities in the UK. The delivery of the Christmas presents to Exeter Salvation Army marks the start of its long-term...

Taylor Wimpey, Exeter Foodbank

Taylor Wimpey helps vulnerable people in Devon this Christmas

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Wed, 12/23/2020 - 8:57pm

Taylor Wimpey Exeter has helped to feed and house vulnerable people across Devon this Christmas by pledging £3,000 worth of support to three county charities.

Staff chose to give £1,000 each to foodbanks in Exeter and Plymouth, as well as to St Petrock’s, Exeter's charity for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed.

Members of the charity committee also created food collection points at their head office in Exeter and the Cranbrook and Sherford developments, on the outskirts of Exeter and Plymouth. Thanks to kind donations from staff, suppliers and customers, vital...