Charities

FORCE Nello ride goes virtual again

FORCE Cancer Charity has taken the difficult decision to make this year’s Nello cycle ride a virtual event again for 2021 due to increasing concerns over the latest rise in COVID cases.

The charity’s single biggest annual fundraiser was due to take place on Sunday June 27.

More than 1,100 cyclists had signed up to ride from Topsham Rugby Club and cover 100 or 55 miles around the Devon countryside.

But the Government’s decision to delay moving to Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown meant the charity had to reconsider its options.

FORCE CEO Meriel Fishwick...

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Teaming up to support Twilight with a Twist

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Mon, 06/14/2021 - 12:16pm

A group of around 30 team members from Otter Garden Centres in Ottery St Mary will be taking part in the Hospiscare ‘Twilight with a Twist’ on Saturday July 10.

It’s the 15th anniversary of the charity’s Twilight Walk, and this year people have been invited to take part either by joining the walk in Exmouth or planning a route locally.

The Otter team have decided on a local route, which has been planned by Lauren Pearcy and Sally Bright. Starting at the garden centre the walk will take in the town of Ottery plus local villages and Escot Estate. Some are taking on the full...

FORCE Cancer charity receives £830 from Lopes Freemasons Lodge

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 06/10/2021 - 11:39am

Lopes Masonic Lodge based in Exeter were delighted when their application to the WAKE fund on behalf of Kenton Force was successful.

Kenton Force led by Peter White and his team raise between £8 and £12 Thousand a year for FORCE EXETER the well known and worthy cancer support charity. They do this with the support of a Parish population of 1,300 people by hard work and determination organising in Non Covid19 times, Big Breakfasts, Sponsored Walks, 24hr dog walks, Cream Teas and Fares and also with the traditional collecting bucket most of which have had to be cancelled this year...

HCT Turf’s #ILoveMyGarden campaign aims to raise spirits and funds for local charity

HCT Turf’s #ILoveMyGarden campaign aims to raise spirits and funds for local charity

Authored by HCT Turf
Posted: Thu, 06/03/2021 - 7:21am

HCT Turf are delighted to announce their partnering up with local charity, Living Options Devon to run this year’s #ILoveMyGarden photography competition. To enter, entrants simply have to share a photo of their garden and explain what they love about it. For every garden entered into the competition, HCT Turf will donate £1 to Living Options Devon.

The aim of the competition is to raise Devonians’ spirits and the £1000 needed to refurb one of the Living Options Devon’s off road mobility scooters. These scooters offer disabled people and those that have difficulty walking, the...

89-year-old volunteer celebrates Exeter charity shop reopening after Covid restrictions ease

This volunteer’s week (1-7 June), long-serving volunteer Thelma Peters, 89, is celebrating being back behind the till at the Young Lives vs Cancer charity shop in Exeter after a long period of closure due to the pandemic.

Thelma started volunteering for Young Lives vs Cancer, the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity, when it first opened its Exeter shop, around 24 years ago, after losing her husband to cancer.

Thelma said: “I first got involved because I lost my husband to cancer and I was very down and depressed and my doctor suggested I get myself out there and...

Veterans With Dogs launches fundraising national dog walk on Armed Forces Day

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 06/02/2021 - 10:39pm

Exeter-based charity, Veterans With Dogs, has announced the launch of a new fundraising initiative on Armed Forces Day, 26th June. The charity is asking supporters across the UK to join forces and walk with their four-legged sidekicks for a total of 26 minutes, with the aim of raising £5,000.

This initiative is seeking to get people out walking with their own furry friends while also raising some much-needed funds so that the charity can continue to help veterans with invisible injuries such as PTSD.

Commenting on the fundraising campaign, Craig MacLellan, Chief...

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group launches the Movement for Good awards 2021

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group launches the Movement for Good awards 2021

For the third year running, Ecclesiastical Insurance Group is giving away £1million to charities with the return of its Movement for Good awards.

From today, people in Devon can nominate a cause close to their hearts for a potential £1,000 award to help make a difference. 500 charities will each receive £1,000 during the first phase of the campaign. A second phase of giving will happen later this summer.

Since the initiative began in 2019, nearly 4,000 Devon residents have nominated causes they care about, leading to the Movement for Good awards gifting £11,000 to...

Cat charity unveils plans for pioneering new UK-first adoption centre

Plans for Cats Protection’s trailblazing adoption centre in Exeter have been revealed and given the green light to proceed this summer, featuring pioneering facilities for cats, staff and visitors, including an enrichment garden.

The first building works, which will see a new adoption centre replace the feline welfare charity’s existing Exeter Axhayes Adoption Centre at Clyst Honiton, are scheduled to begin by mid-June.

Stockport architects Bowker-Sadler have designed a bespoke centre on the current site, taking inspiration from historical local architectural forms...

FORCE cancer Charity's Cream Teas for Cancer event is back this July.

Tasty way to support your local cancer charity

Cream Teas for Cancer, FORCE Cancer Charity’s popular foodie fundraiser, is back for this summer.

And there’s a big dollop of hope that this year’s event on Thursday July 8 can raise a record amount to help support anyone locally affected by cancer.

FORCE needs to sell 1,000 cream teas to take the overall total made from four years of Cream Teas for Cancer to £20,000.

“Cream Teas for Cancer is set for its biggest year yet in 2021,” said FORCE Fundraising Development Officer Olly Watts.

“We anticipate a great response as the country emerges from lockdown....

Underwater photographer makes a splash with Samaritans

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/17/2021 - 10:44am

If you think all charity shops are the same, think again - the Samaritans’ store in Sidmouth is not only a successful fund-raising outlet but it’s also a unique showcase for some of the area’s best artistic talents.

The shop, located in a former bank building, reopened from lockdown last month and within three weeks had attracted 700 paying customers, providing much-needed financial assistance for the Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch of the charity.

But it’s more than just the usual mix of cards and donated items, because part of the shop operates as a showcase for...

Charities in Exeter urged to bid for a £25,000 prize pot offered by insurance specialist

Charities in Exeter urged to bid for a £25,000 prize pot offered by insurance specialist

Charities in Exeter have a chance to win a share of a £25,000 prize pot offered by specialist charity insurer Ansvar’s Community Campaign.

Many good causes in the region have been struggling to raise funds during the pandemic and Ansvar, which has insured charities, churches and voluntary groups for more than 60 years, is offering help.

The money will be split three ways: £15,000 for the overall winner with £5,000 each going to two additional charities.

The competition opens on 10 May, the deadline for entries is 30 June and winners will be notified by 23 July....

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