Catherine Boult

Catherine celebrates transplant anniversary with 1000K cycle challenge 

A student from Exeter, who received a liver transplant as a baby, is embarking on a 1000K cycle challenge in a bid to raise funds for a charity which is very close to her heart.

Twenty-two year old Catherine Boult was born with the rare liver disease, biliary atresia, and was given a life-saving transplant when she was just seven months old.

“I feel very lucky. Although I have to take medication and attend regular appointments, I can lead a pretty normal life and I will be forever grateful to my donor’s family for enabling that to happen,” says Catherine. “Liver disease...

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Darts Farm

Darts Farm collaborate with Exeter Foodbank to provide Christmas feast boxes for local community

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 12/18/2020 - 12:27pm

Topsham based Darts Farm is working with Exeter Foodbank and seven-year-old schoolgirl Sienna Littley to provide 70 ‘Christmas Feast Boxes’ to families that need it most in the local community this festive season. Sienna, has raised a colossal £2,100 from selling her homemade ceramic Christmas decorations, and the team at Darts Farm have match funded this with some help from customer donations and supplier gifts to bring the total to an incredible £4,200.

Michael Dart, Director of Darts Farm, comments: “ We have been working closely with Exeter Foodbank all year, delivering 160...

Santa’s elves raise thousands for brain tumour charity

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Sat, 12/12/2020 - 10:03am

It was “hi-ho hi-ho” all the way as a collection of ‘elves’ cycled, jogged and walked to work at Otter Garden Centres in Ottery St Mary in memory of their colleague Rob Gillingham who passed away from a brain tumour earlier this year.

They were fundraising for Brain Tumour Support, a charity that helps those affected by any type of brain tumour, not just patients, but also their families, friends and carers.

The 43 team members who took part were met at the garden centre by the big man himself, Santa. Mince pies and hot drinks were ready for their arrival to thank them for...

just eat

Just Eat launches Christmas Meal Appeal in Exeter with charities Social Bite and FoodCycle

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 12/10/2020 - 10:54pm

Dame Helen Mirren is urging residents in the South West to help raise money for homeless and vulnerable people in an appeal launched by Just Eat and Social Bite. Other well-known faces including Rob Brydon and Sir Chris Hoy have posted videos backing the new Christmas Meal Appeal launched by Just Eat in partnership with charities Social Bite & FoodCycle .

The appeal comes after reports detail the increasing issue of homelessness in the UK, and the increased pressure and reliance on charities as the nation deals with the economic and social fallout of the Covid pandemic....

Force cancer charity

Exeter firm raises £1000 for Force Charity with desk cycle challenge

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 12/09/2020 - 11:01pm

Devon digital advertising agency, Launch Online, has raised £1000 for the FORCE Cancer Charity Autumn Bike Ride initiative after the team cycled over 245 miles from underneath their desks during November.

With the help of a fleet of mini pedal exercisers, which fit underneath the desk, the team generated over 389,466 revolutions on their desk bikes over the four weeks of lockdown while they worked.

Senior account manager Elliot Smith was the overall winner of the challenge, nicknamed the Tour de Office, achieving an amazing 101,463 revolutions over the month-long...

Ho Ho Hospiscare!

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Tue, 12/08/2020 - 11:46am

Rusty Pig in Ottery St Mary has teamed up with Hospiscare for a festive draw with an amazing top prize – which could turn into two!

The restaurant is supporting the charity after Covid-19 drastically affected fundraising events since March. Robin Rea of Rusty Pig, whose family have previously received support from Hospiscare, said:

“With all events and public-facing activities cancelled, I want to encourage everyone in the community to get behind the charity and help us raise lots of money for them.

“We’ve put together an amazing top prize for the Ho Ho Hospiscare...

Exeter College

Viral Facebook post sees Exeter College students flooded with donations for neonatal charity

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Mon, 12/07/2020 - 11:43am

A group of charity-minded Exeter College students have been inundated with knitted clothing after a post asking for donations went viral on Facebook.

A tutor group of Health and Social Care students have been collecting various knitted items for distribution to neonatal units around the country to help keep babies that are premature or with additional needs to stay warm in the days after birth. Students had planned to contact a few local knitting groups to help create small knitted hats, gloves and blankets but after a poster found its way on to Facebook the request has gone viral...

Ferrari and Carrs Ferrari deliver a bit of extra special Christmas magic to Vranch House

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 12/04/2020 - 6:00pm

Santa’s sleigh may be the most famous red vehicle delivering presents at Christmas, but today Ferrari cars were dashing through town with some extra special gifts in tow.

Surprising the children at Vranch House, in Exeter, a brand new Ferrari Portofino arrived this morning delivering a Christmas tree and a selection of Ferrari teddy bears and colouring sets, on behalf of nearby Carrs Ferrari and Ferrari North Europe. Understanding that, whilst this year has been difficult for all, these children have faced their own personal challenges and the visit from Carrs Ferrari hoped to...

M&S Food donates £10,000 to Exeter charity Action for Children

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 12/04/2020 - 4:58pm

This Christmas, M&S Food is putting charity firmly at its heart. In a year when charity funding has declined almost 25%, M&S Food is proud to donate £10,000 to Action for Children charity, which has three children’s centres and a nursery based in Exeter, in recognition of the volunteering efforts of local colleague Dan Smith as part of an overall £2million donation to good causes for its very special Christmas campaign. A sign at the front of the store will be unveiled on 3rdDecember, highlighting Dan and the charity’s brilliant work to all customers shopping at M&S Exebridges...

Devon Air Ambulance

Devon Air Ambulance launch 12 Gifts of Christmas

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 12/02/2020 - 5:58pm

After the most challenging year operationally and financially, Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) needs your help more than ever before.

As part of its Caring This Christmas campaign DAA have launched its ’12 Gifts of Christmas’ video, featuring 12 great ways you can pledge your support this Christmas.

Sally Hilton, Head of Fundraising at Devon Air Ambulance explains: “It’s fair to say that 2020 hasn’t turned out the way that we would all have wished and as a charity we have experienced a significant fall in our income while maintaining the same level of service for the people of...

Jo Brand, Alzheimers Society

Comedian Jo Brand urges people in Devon to express themsELVES for Elf Day

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 11/27/2020 - 11:42am

It’s been a tough year for many, but Alzheimer’s Society supporter and stand-up comedian Jo Brand is determined to help spread some festive cheer.

Jo wants people across the South West – where more than 92,510 people are living with dementia – to pop on a pair of elf ears, pull up their festive tights and shake a leg in some jolly jingle-bell slippers on Elf Day to raise some much-needed smiles and funds, helping Alzheimer’s Society reach as many people as possible affected by dementia, now more than ever.

The charity’s Elf Day falls on Friday 4 December – but you can...