Charities

Amazing Amy already a big race winner

A record-breaking 300 runners have signed up for Team FORCE at this year’s Great West Run on Sunday (May 26) and the charity is on course to raise an incredible £50,000 from Exeter’s annual half marathon.

That money will make a significant impact on FORCE Cancer Charity’s support for local cancer patients and their families.

Nobody knows that better than Exeter mum-of-three Amy Green, who was diagnosed with Stage 3 bowel cancer in 2022 at the age of 38.

Amy has entered the race to prove to herself that she could do it, to raise awareness of life with a stoma and to...

Exeter Pre-Prep pupils run over 100 miles to raise money for local charity

Pupils at Exeter Pre-Prep School in Exminster have recently run the equivalent of four marathons as part of a sponsored fun run to raise money for Westbank Community Health and Care, a local charity that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people across Devon.

With 72 children under the age of seven, the school hoped that pupils and staff would be able to run a collective marathon (26 miles) throughout the day, with each class taking turns to run laps around the school grounds. However, they managed to clock up a combined total of 112 miles, the equivalent of more than four...

Devon domestic abuse charity secures materials prize

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/20/2024 - 9:34am

A Devon charity that seeks to empower survivors of domestic abuse is planning renovation works after winning building materials in a nationwide competition.

SAFE Foundation, based in Exeter, has been named as one of the first winners in Selco Builders Warehouse’s Community Heroes 2024 campaign.

The Community Heroes campaign by Selco, one of the UK’s leading builders merchants, gives community groups and good causes the chance to secure materials to use on a project.

The charity has secured £500 of building materials to improve its facilities – and will also be a...

Local homebuilder steps up for mental health in Devon with £1,500 donation to Step One Charity

Step One, a charity dedicated to supporting individuals facing mental health and wellbeing challenges, has received a generous donation of £1,500 from local homebuilder Barratt David Wilson Homes Exeter. The donation will contribute towards initiatives such as the BeWell@StepOne programme, which provides peer-to-peer support to tackle social isolation and promote mental wellbeing across Devon.

The history of Exeter-based Step One Charity dates to its founding in 1937 as St Loye's College to provide support for people with disabilities to develop skills and achieve their potential...

Vertu Jaguar Land Rover Exeter steps up for charity

Demonstrating their commitment to community engagement and social responsibility, a team of 12 colleagues, friends and family from Vertu Jaguar Land Rover Exeter recently laced up their walking boots for a worthy cause.

The Vertu colleagues joined forces to participate in the Hospiscare Men’s Walk, bonding as a team and helping to raise more than £120,000 to support the essential services provided by Hospiscare.

This year’s event was especially noteworthy as it celebrated its 13th outing, which brought together a record number of participants. The assembly point at...

City homelessness charity launches ‘myth-busting’ survey

An Exeter based homelessness charity launches a survey today aimed at raising awareness of the causes of homelessness, while also giving an insight into the life of people sleeping on the streets.

It’s believed to be the first opinion gathering poll of its kind in the city and St Petrock’s staff hope it will provide valuable information about people’s attitudes and knowledge about rough sleepers and the causes of homelessness, which will help inform the charity’s communications and fundraising plans.

Visits to St Petrock’s are soaring

There are currently between...

The Microbiome Garden, RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024

Devon trio unites to create an innovative health garden at Chelsea Flower Show

Authored by Al Gibson
Posted: Thu, 05/09/2024 - 10:53am

Three leading local companies have joined forces in a high-profile charitable project aimed at rewilding the environment, promoting healthy eating and raising awareness of bowel disease.

The project has been commissioned by Bowel Research UK with the aim of constructing a ‘Microbiome Garden’ that reflects a healthy gut. It has been funded by Project Giving Back and designed by top garden designers, Chris Hull and Sid Hill.

The state-of-the-art garden is being constructed by Atlantes Landscapes in Exeter, transported to the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show and returned...

Sergeant from Devon & Cornwall Police raises thousands for Spinal Research ​

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 04/29/2024 - 6:08am

On Sunday 21 April 2024 a Devon & Cornwall Police Sergeant completed this year’s London Marathon in a wheelchair, raising more than £3,000 for the charity Spinal Research.

Sergeant Andy Elliott, who works in the training department based at Force HQ in Exeter, does not use a wheelchair in his day-to-day life. He decided to take part in a chair to show support for his close friend Andrew Russell who suffered a serious spinal injury in 1996 and does use a wheelchair.

Both Andy and Andrew were members of the same football club at Exeter University in the mid-1990s....

Let there be light! Exeter Scientists urging us to Race for Life

This group of researchers from Devon are leading the way in transforming how cancers are detected and treated by harnessing the power of light.

The team, who receive funding through Cancer Research UK, are encouraging people to take part in Race for Life this summer and help fund more life-saving research.

Their innovative use of Raman Spectroscopy, which is based upon the interaction of light with the chemical bonds within a material, is forging a better understanding of treating cancers earlier.

Some of their work centres on patients with oesophageal cancer. A...

Bowel Cancer West announced as charity of the year for Devon County Show

Authored by Daisy Hall
Posted: Mon, 04/22/2024 - 10:24am

Bowel Cancer West is delighted to have been chosen as the Charity of the Year for Devon County Show, which takes place on Thursday 16th-Saturday 18th May at Westpoint, Exeter. Recognising how big the issue is of Bowel Cancer in the South West, the charity reckons it can give a World Record a run for its money, but attempting to create the World’s longest toilet roll chain!

Working tirelessly to ensure the survival rates of those diagnosed with bowel cancer across the region, the charity is celebrating its 15th Anniversary, and invites everyone who is coming to the Devon County...

Becky Tydd, Cat Moore, Ravi Poorun and Sean Scofield, all running the London Marathon 2024 for FORCE Cancer Charity

Fab four tackle London Marathon for FORCE

FORCE will have four runners on the start line for this year’s London Marathon on Sunday (April 21).

Cat Moore, Becky Tydd, Ravi Poorun and Sean Schofield will be pounding the streets of the capital, all determined to raise as much money as they can for FORCE from this iconic event.

July 2023 was a life-changing period for Becky Tydd . She secured a ballot place for London after years of trying in the same month that she received a diagnosis of cancer.

She explains: “I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, skin cancer in two main primary sites, which had spread...

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