Charities

National Highways cyclists complete South West challenge to support mental health charities

A team of cyclists from National Highways have completed a gruelling 251-mile bike ride over 24 hours to raise funds for two mental health charities.

On June 23rd/24th, five members of the company’s South West team safely navigated the 251 miles on winding and hilly roads from Penzance in Cornwall, through Devon, Somerset and South Gloucestershire, to Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire.

The 24-hour fundraising effort, in aid of the Samaritans and the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity (Lighthouse Club), took the riders from Penzance along the A30 and up and across local...

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Hollow they are not!

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Posted: Mon, 06/06/2022 - 10:38pm

On Saturday 14 May, OAndy Vodden, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Devon Freemasons paid a visit to the Hollow Lane Club, a registered charity which works within the Ellen Tinkham School in Exeter. There he met Mary Roche and Deb Ward two of the leading lights of the charity and presented them with a certificate denoting a grant of £15, 000 which had been made via the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).

Mary established the charity over 26 years ago and is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and young people with special needs and Deb joined her over 20 years...

Exeter Dementia Action Alliance selected as The Lord Mayor’s charity of the year

Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA) is a charitable foundation running a range of activities raising awareness of dementia and - alongside many partners and allies - working towards a dementia-friendly city.

They believe that Exeter should be a city in which every organisation respects and values people affected by dementia and makes practical changes to enable people with dementia to live independently and empowered to participate in the community.

The Exeter Dementia Alliance has been raising awareness of dementia across the city since 2015 and during this time has...

Ready for the off at The Nello cycle ride for FORCE Cancer Charity

The Nello is back and cyclists can’t wait

One of Devon’s most iconic outdoor events is back this summer after a two-year break.

And the good news is, there’s still time to be a part of it.

The Nello bike ride - FORCE’s Cancer Charity’s biggest single fundraising event of the year – will take place on Sunday June 26.

Up to 1,500 cyclists will gather on the start line at Topsham Rugby Club, ready to take on the personal challenge of riding 55 or 100 miles.

The event has been virtual for the past two years due to COVID – riders choosing when and where to ride.

But there is real excitement...

Call for Devon residents to join step challenge as charity marks Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week

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Posted: Thu, 05/26/2022 - 9:51pm

People in Devon are being invited to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK this summer as part of a drive to highlight why it is so important to know your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The One Million Step Challenge runs from 1 July to 30 September and is ideal for anyone looking for a way to get more active. You take one million steps over the course of three months – around 10,000 steps per day – and get sponsored for every stride.

The call-out to sign up comes at the beginning of Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week (23-29 May), an NHS England initiative supported by...

Help raise some much-needed dough for Marie Curie

Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Thu, 05/26/2022 - 9:09pm

The end-of-life charity Marie Curie is calling on people across the South West to throw a Blooming Great Tea Party in June and July to help fund vital care and support for those living with a terminal illness, and their families.

The charity’s fundraising appeal is a piece of cake – simply set a date to host a tea party and invite family, friends, or colleagues to tuck into a delectable treat and catch-up over a cuppa.

Every penny raised from a Blooming Great Tea Party will go towards ensuring more people have access to the care and support they need at the end of life...

RGB chooses RNLI as its charity partner

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Posted: Mon, 05/16/2022 - 11:43am

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to announce it has selected the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) as its charity partner for 2022 and will be organising branch-wide fundraising events throughout the next 12 months.

The RNLI has been saving lives at sea for nearly 200 years and relies on volunteers and supporters to operate its lifesaving services.

The volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24-hour search and rescue service and depend on donations to ensure they have the best training and safest, most reliable lifeboats and modern stations to launch from, but the...

The great Foot Anstey bike ride smashes fundraising for Ukraine

A team of riders from national law firm, Foot Anstey LLP, completed a two-day bike ride in support of the Disasters Emergency Committee's (DEC) Ukraine Appeal. The fundraisers have now raised over £5,000.

The two-day bike ride started on 5 May from Foot Anstey's Truro office and saw the team cycle to Foot Anstey's offices in Plymouth, Exeter, and Taunton before finishing at the firm's Bristol office on 6 May.

The fundraisers used the firm's CSR Hours initiative, which allows employees to take two additional days off per year to support local charitable organisations or...

Devonshire Homes marks 30th anniversary with new charity partnership

Independent West Country housebuilder Devonshire Homes has marked its 30th anniversary by announcing two new charity partners for 2022/2023.

The housebuilder, which currently has new build homes sites in Crediton, Bovey Tracey, Bideford, Kingsbridge and St. Austell, has announced South West Blood Bikes and Cornwall Blood Bikes as its two Charities of the Year.

Both Blood Bike charities are formed from teams of volunteers who rely on donations alone to operate their life-saving service. Volunteer bikers use their advanced motorcycle skills to provide an ‘out of hours’...

Foot Anstey works with Empire Fighting Chance to donate 70 laptops to charities across the South and South West

Foot Anstey LLP has partnered with Bristol-based charity Empire Fighting Chance to donate 70 laptops to five charities based near its offices across the South and South West.

The laptops will help reduce the digital divide that impacts many communities. In 2021, Ofcom reported that one in five children who had been home-schooling did not have access to an appropriate device for their schoolwork all the time1. The laptop donation will help support those without digital access, which is vital for education, work and personal development.

Foot Anstey selected Empire Fighting...

New Exeter builders merchant spreads the joy

A leading builders merchant has marked the opening of a new branch in Exeter by supporting a south west charity and hosting a special darts event.

As part of its ongoing expansion around the UK, Selco Builders Warehouse has cut the ribbon on a new branch on Filmer Way in Marsh Barton, its 73rd in the UK.

To mark the opening, Selco made a £1,000 donation to Jay’s Aim – a south west charity which provides support to community groups looking to purchase defibrillators - as well as pledging a further £2,000 to its nominated charity Cancer Research UK.

Jay’s Aim was...

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