Exeter Specsavers raises funds for deaf charity

EXETER Specsavers store cranked up the cuteness factor when it played host to precious puppies from the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity.

Audiologists from the store’s Hearcare team arranged the fundraising day to launch its support of the charity, with the aim of raising thousands of pounds.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People trains dogs to alert deaf people to important sounds and danger signals, providing independence, confidence and companionship. 

Mary Youlden



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Two weeks to go until the 20th annual Michelmores 5k Charity Run

Authored by Michelmores LLP
Posted: Mon, 08/19/2019 - 9:20am

On Thursday 5 September, the Michelmores 5k Charity Run will take place on Exeter's Cathedral Green, with over 1000 runners taking part to raise money for a great cause.

The 5k Charity Run is the South West's largest corporate running event and has raised over £300,000 for local charities over its 20-year history.

For 2019, local businesses and individuals will come together to fundraise for The Amber Foundation, Michelmores' Charity of the Year.

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Sci-Fi extravaganza returns for Torbay Children’s Week

Authored by Paula_D
Posted: Mon, 08/19/2019 - 9:03am

All things Sci-Fi will be celebrated on Saturday 24 August, as Sci-fi day returns to Paignton Green.

The day will showcase an impressive range of cars and costumes from popular films including Transformers, Batman, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Disney Pixar’s Cars and many more.

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Devoted daughter takes on half marathon for brain injured dad

Authored by Headway Devon
Posted: Sat, 08/17/2019 - 12:07pm

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Veterans with dogs bags £4,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 08/13/2019 - 12:15pm

Veterans With Dogs is delighted to announce it has bagged £4,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £79 million to over 26,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Veterans With Dogs has been awarded£4,000.

The team from The Room Works being presented with the Andy Shinner Trophy from RGB Building Supplies’ CEO Kevin Fenlon. From LtoR: Kevin Fenlon, Dean Clarke, Jim Leisk, Mike Jordan and Will Smith

£3,900 raised for ambulance trusts during RGB’s charity golf day

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 08/13/2019 - 9:54am

RGB Building Supplies’ annual golf day, held at Bovey Castle on Thursday 11th July, raised a fantastic £3,908 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust. The tournament was won by a team representing RGB’s Exeter-based kitchen and bathroom showroom The Room Works.  

The day, organised in association with Exeter City FC, saw 28 teams made up of suppliers, customers and staff take part in the four-ball competition, with The Room Works team taking home the Andy Shinner Memorial Trophy. 

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Join the quiz and support Citizens Advice!

Authored by The Family Law Co.
Posted: Tue, 08/13/2019 - 6:13am

The Family Law Company is organising a quiz night at the stunning Exeter Historic Guildhall in the High Street on Thursday September 12. Teams of four are invited to sign up for the fundraiser in aid of Citizens Advice Exeter as part of its 80th anniversary celebrations.

The cost per team is £30 which includes soft drinks and nibbles. To register your team please email or call 01392 421777.

Disabled veteran takes on swimming challenge for Armed Forces charity

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 08/12/2019 - 6:21pm

A local disabled veteran from Exeter has raised £2,800 for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity through a swimming challenge at the Mercure Hotel in Exeter.

Tony Cox served in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps for 5 years, but after leaving the service he suffered from complex health and mobility issues that took their toll on both his work and personal life.

On Friday 26th July, Tony completed a swim of 500 lengths, a total distance of 7.5 kilometres, for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. 

Exeter hotel raises over £10k for the British Heart Foundation

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:23pm

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Sparkle up your day for Brain Tumour Support 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:07pm

Brain Tumour Support, a charity that runs a monthly Support Group in Exeter, is asking for local groups, companies and communities to get involved with “Sparkle up your day” – a fundraising day that involves people bringing a bit of sparkle into their day and donating to Brain Tumour Support.

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Cycling The Nello for Helen

Authored by The Family Law Co.
Posted: Fri, 08/09/2019 - 9:47am

Two intrepid cyclists from The Family Law Company took part in The Nello for the first time to raise funds for local charity, FORCE in memory of a colleague.

Director David Cobern and Building Manager Leroy Smith teamed up to cycle the 100 mile route across Exmoor as a tribute to the company’s cost draughtsman Helen Finch, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.

The pair have diverse levels of cycling experience, as David explains. “Leroy is a keen cyclist but my own experience is limited; failure was definitely an option.