Charities

Chance to run around Powderham Castle grounds

FORCE Cancer Charity and City Runs are combining to offer a race through some of the most spectacular parkland in Devon.

Powderham Castle will provide the backdrop for the Power Run Exeter event on Saturday April 2.

There are two distances available – five or 10 miles - around private areas of the Castle estate on a multi-terrain course.

With breathtaking views, the event is perfect for new runners and those looking for something a little more challenging.

The partnership with City Runs comes a time when FORCE is working hard to recover from the effects of...

Everyone is welcome at Race for Life in Devon

PEOPLE are being invited to kick start the New Year by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Devon.

The charity’s much-loved events are returning to  Barnstaple, Exeter and Plymouth  and anyone who joins this January can claim a special 50 per cent off the entry fee as part of the half-price sale by using the code RFL22J50.

Every year around 35,100 people are diagnosed with cancer in the South West* and one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will get cancer in their lifetime.**  Money raised at Race for Life enables scientists to find new ways to...

Stagecoach and RMT union representatives join forces to raise money for Hospiscare Devon

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 01/04/2022 - 6:02pm

Stagecoach drivers and RMT union representatives across Exeter recently organised a collection, seeing a fantastic £1100 donated to local charity Hospiscare, topped up by their Stagecoach MD.

RMT union reps Matt Hackett, Jamie Nickles and Ian Hodge hit upon the idea initially for a very different reason.

Several weeks ago, saw the company and union in pay talks, with local strike action planned for Monday 18th October. As the union were preparing for the proposed strikes, they realised that some drivers may be out of pocket if they took part in the action, so they...

Tilia Homes collects gifts for local Salvation Army Christmas appeal

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 01/03/2022 - 7:16pm

Tilia Homes’ Western region has delivered 75 gifts to Salvation Army centres in the south west, as part of the charity’s Christmas Present Appeal.

The Exeter-based business brought together its employees, contractors, and home buyers to donate toys to the appeal, which Tilia Homes collected at its development sales offices and delivered to its nearest Salvation Army centres. Tilia Homes Western Region has also bolstered the collection of gifts by donating an additional £500 to the charity to support their causes throughout the year.

The Salvation Army is a Christian...

Leaping into the New Year for charity

Devon Air Ambulance supporters jump at chance to sign up to skydive as charity enters its 30th year

As Devon Air Ambulance enters its 30th year of service in 2022, the charity is inviting supporters who would like to raise funds for the local lifesaving charity to take a leap into the blue with a skydiving fundraising challenge.

Over the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend on Saturday 4 June, 2022, Devon Air Ambulance will be championing jumpers on its first ever Community Skydive Day.

Fundraisers will assemble at Skydive Buzz HQ at Dunkeswell airfield in East Devon,...

Celebrities champion the courage of SW children with cancer

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 12/31/2021 - 4:33pm

AN AWARD scheme recognising the courage of children and young people diagnosed with cancer is being launched today in the South West.

Around 120 children are diagnosed with cancer in the South West every year. Nominations for the Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People Star Awards, in partnership with TK Maxx, are now open and families across the South West are being called on to nominate young cancer patients and survivors in the run up to Christmas.

The Star Awards are open to under-18s who have been diagnosed with and treated for cancer in the last five...

150 cats in the South West adopted in 2021 thanks to locals

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 12/28/2021 - 2:48pm

150 cats from the South West have found their forever homes in the past year, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Cats Protection’s centres in Cornwall, Exeter and Ferndown helped dozens of locals find a new feline friend in 2021.

One such cat was Scarab, who was originally adopted from the Cornwall Adoption Centre in 2020 but went missing shortly after.

Scarab’s owner, Jayne, searched and searched for him but was unable to find him, despite putting up posters, using social media, and driving around for hours every day.

Despite being...

Devon Freewheelers volunteer Des Senior with some of the bears. Photo: Devon Freewheelers.

Exeter mum's crochet challenge keeps Honiton-based Devon Freewheelers blood bike on the road for 1,000 miles

An Exeter mum’s festive challenge to make a charity Christmas mascot for the Devon Freewheelers, based in Honiton, will fuel a blood bike for 1,000 miles.

Tammy Tudor, of Beacon Heath, Exeter, raised £140 by crocheting Christmas coats for teddy bears for the charity to sell at fundraising events.

Russell Roe, Devon Freewheelers deputy CEO, said: “The festive teddy bears went down a storm with our supporters, all thanks to the clever finishing touches created by Tammy. We could have sold them several times over.

“We are so grateful to Tammy for taking the time to...

SW charities win share of Persimmon's £1m Youth Charity giveaway

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 12/21/2021 - 8:54pm

Three charities from Persimmon Homes’ South West region have been awarded a share of a £1 million fund supporting under-18s as a part of the hugely successful Persimmon Homes Building Futures campaign.

Ups and Downs South West, Families for Children and Stars Elite Cheer and Dance were among 96 organisations to reach the final stage of the Building Futures competition and were each awarded £5,000.

With £128,000 already awarded this year in £1,000 grants through Building Futures, the total prize pot was £1.073million.

Three finalists were each awarded the top...

Chloe and Sapphire sit together outside on a wooden bench.

Buddy dog for Exeter family ‘has opened up our world’

Authored by emma.tucker
Posted: Tue, 12/21/2021 - 12:56pm

Sapphire the buddy dog – or wonder dog as her family calls her – came into the Ring family’s life in 2020, after the first lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Buddy dogs are provided by sight loss charity Guide Dogs for children with a visual impairment.

Jane Ring, of Exeter, was concerned about the impact the lockdown was having on her daughter Chloe, who is deafblind.

“Chloe had only just started secondary school in September 2019, which was already a massive shock to her. It was a much busier, noisy environment with so many new teachers and pupils to get to know....

Local Samaritans here to listen over the festive period

Samaritans volunteers in the Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch will be among those on hand across the country over the festive season to listen to anyone having a tough time.

Thousands of volunteers across the UK and Ireland will be working shifts for the charity to ensure its helpline is open around the clock - even on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. And that includes volunteers from across Exeter, Mid and East Devon too.

Mental health, family issues, isolation and loneliness are expected to be the top concerns - along with worries over the pandemic. Relationship...