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Nominate a charity to receive a festive financial boost

Nominate a charity to receive a festive financial boost Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical is giving £120,000 to good causes as part of its annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign.

Now into its fifth year, Ecclesiastical is once again inviting Devon residents to nominate a registered charity close to their hearts to benefit from this festive financial boost.

Ten lucky winners will be announced each weekday from 6 to 21 December.

It’s quick and easy to nominate a charity online. Nominations are open until 20 December and you can vote for your favourite charity...

The Exeter Christmas pop-up shop is back: Help raise vital funds for charity this Christmas

Cards for Good Causes, the charity Christmas card and gift retailer, had opened its doors in Exeter. The pop-up shop is in St. Martin's Church and is open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm.

The not-for-profit organisation always has a huge selection of charity Christmas cards and seasonal gifts with proceeds donated back to local and national charities. In the last 10 years alone, they have raised over £40 million for charity and last year, the Exeter community raised an incredible £10,400 with the sale of charity cards and gifts in the pop-up shop.

Cards for Good Causes...

Exeter builders merchant's 'cheeky' charity calendar goes on sale

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 11/20/2021 - 10:43am

RGB Building Supplies' Well Built Builder's Bum 2022 calendar is now on sale to raise vital funds for the builders merchant's chosen charities, Devon Mind, Cornwall Mind and Mind in Somerset.

RGB invited tradespeople to put themselves forward to be included in the calendar and be photographed whilst doing their job, but with a little bit of their bottom on display.

In addition to builders, carpenters, forklift drivers, and plumbing specialists, RGB's sponsored Exeter Chiefs' players Dave Ewers, Frankie Nowell, Sean O'Brien and Facundo Cordero also took part to show...

£75,000 grants available to support employment and skills projects

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 11/19/2021 - 10:11pm

Charities and community groups in the South and South West of England are invited to apply for a share of £75,000 funding for employment and skills projects.

Sovereign Housing Association, working with not-for-profit digital fundraising platform The Good Exchange, has grants available for community projects that focus on supporting people to upskill, access training, find work or better work, or self-employment opportunities.

Projects need to be based within three miles of a Sovereign home and could be anything from community learning programmes and job clubs to homework...

The team that created FORCE eco-friendly Christmas decorations

Eco-friendly Christmas decorations for FORCE tree

The FORCE Christmas tree in Princesshay will be trimmed with especially eco-friendly decorations this year.

A group of patients who have been supported by FORCE came together at the charity’s Support and Information Centre to create a wonderful array of decorations from recycled materials.

They are ready in time for the big switch-on of Christmas trees representing a host of local charities this Thursday (November 18).

The project was co-ordinated by Rachel Stewart, who makes bespoke jewellery from upcycled materials.

She used the same skills to create the...

You are in 'Good Hands' with Devon Air Ambulance

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 11/12/2021 - 3:24pm

The Devon charity launches its Christmas appeal, reminding us that Devon’s patients are ‘in Good Hands’ at Christmas and every day.

Devon Air Ambulance this week launches its Christmas appeal which reassures supporters that patients are ‘In Good Hands’, not just at Christmas, but every day of the year.

Despite the lockdown at the start of the year, the crew has nevertheless delivered uninterrupted time-critical care to hundreds of patients in Devon and beyond, both by critical care car and by aircraft.

The much-loved local charity that in 2022 celebrates its...

Wheelchair User raises Over £400 For Charity Through Completing ‘Marathon In A Month’ Challenge

Chris Long, a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy and a customer of Bluebird Care Exeter, has raised over £400 for Hospiscare by taking part in their ‘Marathon in a Month’ event in October.

He was inspired to take part after seeing a poster on Exeter’s Quayside during one of his regular outings with his Bluebird Care Exeter Care Assistant. He told the Care Assistant that he would love to take part and subsequently signed up.

Chris’s mission was a challenging one, but he successfully covered over 26 miles during October.

Prior to the event, Chris was asked to...

Robert Peston calls on Devon solicitors to aid charity campaign

ITV journalist Robert Peston is calling on solicitors in Devon to sign up to a charity campaign this November as the pandemic has left hundreds of local people waiting to write a will.

Some 49% of people in the UK do not have a will – and the coronavirus pandemic has seen a surge in demand for help from local solicitors.

The annual Will Aid campaign is helping meet the demand, but more support is needed from local firms who are receiving hundreds of enquiries from across the county.

The campaign not only helps both regular people up and down the UK communicate...

Aldi is donating food to charities in Devon over Christmas - here's how to apply

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 10/29/2021 - 10:16pm

Aldi is embracing the time for giving by encouraging local charities, community groups and food banks in Devon to register now to receive surplus food donations this Christmas.

As part of Aldi’s pledge to donate 10 million meals this year to families across the UK facing hunger, the supermarket has committed to donate more meals than ever to good causes over the festive period.

Christmas provides an opportunity for even more organisations to benefit from Aldi’s successful partnership with Neighbourly. The community engagement platform links businesses to food banks and...

Tesco shoppers in Devon help to provide £1million boost to health charity partners 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 10/19/2021 - 11:10pm

People in Devon have been thanked for contributing towards the £1million raised for three life-saving charities as part of Tesco’s ‘Helping you to live healthier’ initiative.

Tesco customers reached the landmark total for Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK from 13-26 September by rounding up their shop in store to the nearest £1.

The funds raised will now help the three charities continue their vital work to save and improve lives.

In addition to the £1 million donated, the campaign raised awareness in Devon about the importance of...

FORCE Autumn Storm cyclists enjoying a refreshment break

FORCE Autumn Storm ride a big hit

FORCE Cancer Charity relaunched its popular series of cycle rides with a 55-mile Autumn Storm event.

It is the first mass participation cycle event FORCE has been able to stage for two years due to COVID.

The charity’s big summer bike ride – The Nello – went virtual for 2020 and 2021.

But 325 cyclists signed up to ride together at the weekend – with health and safety protocols firmly in place – to raise vital funds for FORCE.

The event started and finished at Tedburn St Mary Football Club and followed a route around the West Devon countryside via...

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