Charities

Hair at the Academy shines a spotlight of hope for Exeter’s homeless community

Exeter-based Hair at The Academy (HATA) is making waves of positive change for those who need it most. They will shine a spotlight on supporting people experiencing homelessness in the city with their remarkable work in the community by extending their free education provision to empower those most in need.

Following the resounding success of their pilot projects where they ran hairdressing and barbering training courses for homeless people at their salon in Kimberly Road, Exeter, a registered VTCT Centre of Excellence - one of the UK’s market-leading vocational and technical...

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Exeter veterans’ charity awarded Maximus Foundation grant   

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 01/08/2024 - 9:57pm

Maximus Foundation UK, the not-for-profit arm of Maximus, has awarded a grant of £2,500 to Rock 2 Recovery to help fund free mental health support for veterans and their families.

The charity, based in Exeter, works across the country to support veterans and their immediate family members to adjust to life after the armed forces through specialist one-to-one change management coaching.

Rock 2 Recovery provides free sessions that are designed to support armed forces members and their families with their mental health, offering a practical framework for dealing with stress...

The Big Exeter Sleep Out 2024

Local homeless charity Julian House announces the return of the annual Big Exeter Sleep-Out event at St James Park Football Stadium, in partnership with Exeter City Community Trust. The event takes place on the 22nd March 2024, and the charity is inviting members of the public to sleep outside for one night; to help support those forced to sleep out every night in the city and across Devon.

Julian House is a South-West-based charity that helps vulnerable, homeless, and at-risk people get back on their feet and rebuild their lives. The charity operates over 40 distinct projects,...

Bad language and festive jumpers round off a year of fundraising for RGB

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 01/01/2024 - 11:49pm

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to announce the success of its 2023 fundraising campaign in support of Children's Hospice South West (CHSW). The company has raised over £3,000 through various initiatives, culminating in a festive jumper day on Monday 18th December, and the introduction of swear boxes across all RGB branches.

Throughout the year, RGB engaged in a range of fundraising activities, from company-wide initiatives to individual challenges undertaken by dedicated staff members. The commitment and enthusiasm of the RGB team and the support of customers allowed the...

Can you give a gift from your heart to their hands this Christmas?

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 12/22/2023 - 12:39pm

The Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) Christmas Appeal is well underway, receiving a fantastic response so far.

Over £50,000 has been donated since the appeal launched in November to ensure that DAA’s crews remain fully stocked with everything they need for the winter months ahead.

For each of the incident's crews respond to, clinicians quickly work through the contents of their lifesaving critical care kits, which are stocked with essential medical supplies and equipment.

These kits and those back at base, must be fully replenished before crews are required to respond...

Westbank’s community Christmas celebrations

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Thu, 12/21/2023 - 11:44pm

The run-up to Christmas has been busy for local health and wellbeing charity Westbank Community Health and Care, with a full calendar of events for members of its community and its team.

The festive celebrations got off to a heartwarming start when Year 2 children from Exeter Pre-Prep School visited Westbank’s Day Centre at Exminster to sing a melody of Christmas songs for regular clients.

The following day, the Royal Oak in Exminster kindly hosted a 3-course meal for fifty of Westbank’s clients to mark the end of a year of fantastic support from the pub.

Westbank’s...

Dunelm Exeter hosts festive café event for deserving charity partners

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 12/20/2023 - 8:26pm

Dunelm, the UK’s largest homewares retailer, has spread festive joy to the Exeter community after hosting an exciting event at its much-loved Pausa Café earlier this week.

The invite-only event saw Dunelm’s deserving charity partners not only gather in the store’s Pausa Café to be amongst the first to try the all-new festive Christmas menu, but to also be treated to an evening of festive entertainment from a variety of special guests.

Attendees enjoyed an intimate performance from Exeter-based choir who sang everyone’s festive favourites, followed by a game of Christmas...

Model and photographer team up to help Royal Devon Hospitals charity

Photographer Jason Reading and model Ed Akay have been collaborating on creative projects for a number of years, enjoying countless publications and 20 plus magazine covers together (60 solo) worldwide so far. This year they decided to give something back after enjoying their successes.

Last year Jason’s immediate family received treatment from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and with Ed’s sister being an NHS Doctor, working with an NHS charity seemed like a no brainer. The duo accordingly created a series of fine art products to be sold with 50% of the profit going to the...

Celebrity Chef Michael Caines, with two Exeter Chiefs rugby players holding  a £3 million board

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Rugby club charity launches drive to reach £3m

The Exeter Chiefs Foundation has issued a plea for help in reaching its next milestone.

Since launching in 2011, a dedicated army of generous fans and followers, have helped the charity raise an impressive £2.8m for local organisations.

Now, a fresh drive has been launched to smash the £3m barrier - and the money is needed more than ever.

Celebrity chef and Exeter Chiefs Foundation trustee, Michael Caines, said that in recent months there had been a fall in the amount of cash being collected by the charity while at...

Lord Mayor officially opens new Blue Cross unit in Exeter

The Lord Mayor of Exeter has officially opened a new rehoming, advice and behaviour unit from national pet charity Blue Cross in the city.

Dogs, cats and small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs will be cared for in foster homes whilst they are waiting to be matched to a new home by the team at the unit at Matford Park Road, Marsh Barton.

The team at the unit will offer rehoming, advice and behaviour services, as well as a pet food bank for owners struggling to cover the cost of feeding their pets.

Joining the Lord Mayor in cutting the ribbon to officially...

Recycle your real Christmas tree to support your local hospice

Hospiscare have launched their annual Christmas Tree Recycling scheme to support end-of-life care across the heart of Devon.

On Thursday 11, Friday 12 and Saturday 13 January 2024, Hospiscare and a team of volunteers will be heading out in full force to collect and recycle Christmas trees in return for a donation to the local charity.

Collections will take place in Crediton, Exeter, Exmouth, Honiton, Tiverton, Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary, with a recommended donation of £15 per tree.

Hospiscare’s annual Christmas tree recycling scheme is supported by volunteers...

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