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Hendy Group teams up with Pennies to raise fund for local causes in Devon

Hendy Group has joined forces with fintech charity Pennies and its micro-donation movement to support Hendy Foundation.

Hendy customers in Devon can now top up their card purchases by an optional 50p to make a donation to Hendy Foundation which supports good causes in the region.

Chief executive Paul Hendy said, "Hendy Foundation was set up in 2019 to formalise the support Hendy has given to the community in its 162 year history, and it has already helped a wide range of projects in the area.

"By offering our customers the opportunity to make a small donation...

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Authored by FORCE Cancer Charity
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Make a Will Fortnight runs from September 7-21 when solicitors based in offices across Exeter, East, Mid and South Devon will waive their fees to write a simple will in return for a donation to FORCE.

Suggested donations are £150 for a single will and £200 for a mirrored will.

The donation will be made at the solicitors’ office at the time of your appointment and will go directly to the charity.

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Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 08/05/2020 - 11:47am

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Exeter builders merchant launches charity bulk bag campaign

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 08/03/2020 - 8:23pm

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to launch its latest charity initiative to raise vital funds for Devon Air Ambulance.

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Exeter Chiefs stars join celebrities in supporting local charity with lockdown clear out

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 07/30/2020 - 11:25pm

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Exeter Chiefs Foundation donates record amounts during lockdown

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 07/27/2020 - 3:31pm

The Exeter Chiefs Foundation has distributed funds totalling more than £200,000 since lockdown began.

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Freemason turns blue for charity

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 07/25/2020 - 10:50pm

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FORCE online art group a great success

Authored by FORCE Cancer Charity
Posted: Mon, 07/20/2020 - 11:10am

FORCE Cancer Charity piloted a programme of online support during the Coronavirus lockdown with a weekly art group.

The six-week course proved so successful that a second group has been given the go-ahead and will begin on August 13.

The group is run on the Zoom video conferencing platform.

Three local artists - Lucy Rockliffe, Jess Carvill and James Hedge – lead the one-hour sessions alongside FORCE information nurse Nicky Peterson.

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Devon urged to shop to save lives

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 07/06/2020 - 10:35am

PEOPLE across Devon are being urged to shop to save lives, as Cancer Research UK stores re-open after three months of devastating closures.

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Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 - 9:26pm

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Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 06/26/2020 - 1:01am

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