Jenny and Milly keep volunteering in the family

Jenny Berryman and Milly Evans are already exceptional because they give up time to volunteer with Samaritans - but what makes them really special is that they are mother and daughter.

The pair are the first mother-and-daughter volunteers in the Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch of the charity, having joined the organisation during 2019.

Jenny, 46, says her biggest challenge was overcoming a worry of becoming too involved when listening to others’ problems. “However, the training we receive is exceptional - it gives us the confidence to listen without becoming an...

Charity outreach team in Exeter

Authored by Daffne
Posted: Sat, 07/24/2021 - 2:44pm

We have lots of outreach teams working across the South West helping people who are out on the streets on a regular basis, ensuring anyone who has been forced to sleep rough, or is leading a street-based lifestyle, understands the options available to support them.

We had a chat with our Outreach Team Leader in Exeter, James Ellison, to find out a bit more about how the service operates and the sort of people it provides vital support for:

What sort of advice/support are you offering to people you see in your outreach sessions?

On outreach, there is a lot of advice...

Leading housebuilders triple recent donations to local children's charities

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 07/21/2021 - 11:09pm

Leading housebuilders Barratt and David Wilson Homes have tripled donations made earlier in the year to 5 local children's charities. The additional £15,000 donation brings the total donations made to £20,000.

The charities set to receive an additional £3,000 each include Home-Start Exeter, East & Mid Devon which supports parents and families from all backgrounds or situations, such as those struggling with mental health issues or with children with disabilities. Home-Start trains volunteers experienced in parenting and matches them to families, to offer emotional and...

Devon Air Ambulance makes a plea for your pre-loved items to support the service

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 07/21/2021 - 1:43pm

Throughout the pandemic, Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) shops have exceeded the minimum level of Covid-Safe precautions recommended by the Government and have achieved an even higher level of protection to ensure the safety of their staff, volunteers and customers.

Now, following the most recent lifting of restrictions, the charity's 19 shops, although they remain cautious, are fully open for business and in need of your help!

Since the DAA shops returned to a browsing format they have been welcoming back many regular and new customers, which has been great for business....

Get into gear to help beat cancer

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 07/19/2021 - 11:14pm

PEOPLE in the South West are being urged to get on their bikes for Cancer Research UK and raise money for a wheelie great cause.

People of all ages and abilities – from seasoned cyclists to recent converts – are being encouraged to sign up now for the Cycle 300 challenge to help the charity continue its life-saving mission.

Participants can choose how, when and where to clock up 300 miles on a bike during September - whether it’s 10 miles every day, 75 miles every weekend or all in one go.

There are many ways to hit the 300-mile mark for commuters, weekend...

Diabetes UK looking for swimmers in Devon to make a splash in charity challenge

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 07/19/2021 - 10:17pm

People from Devon are being invited to dive into a sponsored swimming challenge and raise vital funds for Diabetes UK.

Swim22 runs between 22 July and 22 October and involves swimming a total of 22 miles – the equivalent of crossing the English Channel. Participants can take on the challenge at their own pace, accumulating the miles across the course of the 12 weeks.

All funds raised will go towards Diabetes UK’s work in funding life-saving research and making sure everyone living with diabetes gets the care and support they need.

Phaedra Perry, Regional Head...

Devon Air Ambulance seeks to raise £10K in just 3 days

Devon Air Ambulance seeks to raise £10,000 in just 3 days

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 06/29/2021 - 12:46pm

Devon Air Ambulance will be at Devon County Show this July where the charity will seek to raise £10,000 for the service over the show’s three-day duration.

Off-duty members of Devon Air Ambulance crew will be attending this year’s Devon County Show along with one of their Critical Care Cars this weekend. Over the 3 days, the charity will aim to raise £10,000 to support the service throughout what is on trackto be one of their busiest summers yet.

The show embodies much of what is most loved about Devon and represents many of the communities Devon’s air ambulance service...

From Topsham to Tokyo – the BHS Devon committee with a big Olympic goal

The British Horse Society (BHS) are calling for horse riders in Devon to saddle up and take part in a unique fundraising challenge. The “Olympic Rideathon” aims to clock up enough miles to get from Topsham to Tokyo, raising money for safe off-road riding routes for Devon’s equestrians.

As part of the annual Ride Out UK (ROUK) campaign, the BHS Devon committee are encouraging people in Devon and beyond to sign up to this ambitious Rideathon challenge, logging how far they ride with the goal of accumulating the colossal 6,060 miles (9,753km) between the South Devon town and Japan’s...

Brewin Dolphin supports Exeter charity

Wealth manager Brewin Dolphin has made a donation of £1,000 through its Community Grants programme to local charity , Exeter Community Initiatives (ECI). The money will be used to fund the charity’s work with families, adults experiencing social isolation and/or mental ill health, and those with experience of homelessness or who are vulnerably housed.

ECI helps people in Exeter and Devon facing poverty, inequality and homelessness to get their lives back on track. They do this by involving them in community projects to improve their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing,...

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...
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