Battersea's Muddy Dog Challenge is back in Exeter

The Muddy Dog challenge is back in Exeter for even more mud, sweat and cheers in 2020 – and to help Battersea care for more abandoned dogs and cats.

The Muddy Dog Challenge, the UK’s biggest obstacle course you can run with your dog, is now in its sixth year, proudly supported by Seresto flea and tick control collar. Dogs and their owners can take part together to raise vital funds for thousands of homeless dogs and cats that come into the animal rescue centre each year, as well as helping those across the country and all over the world.

Mary Youlden



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Sell-out curry night raises £3K for Hospiscare

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Wed, 02/05/2020 - 12:06pm

Two East Devon businesses that joined forces to put on a fundraising curry night raised £3,000 for local charity, Hospiscare.

The event was held in October at Higher Wiscombe Holiday Cottages, when Chef Robin Rea from Ottery’s Rusty Pig and his team created an Indian banquet. The meal featured sustainably sourced goat and chicken curry, with edible table decorations proving a real hit with diners.

Celebrated actor Mark Bonnar becomes patron of national charity Heart Research UK

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 02/03/2020 - 4:02pm

Scottish actor Mark Bonnar, star of Guilt, Line of Duty and Shetland, is to become a patron of national charity Heart Research UK.

Mark first became involved with the charity in 2018, producing a piece of original artwork that was auctioned as part of the charity’s anonymous heART project.

Since then, he has been involved with various campaigns, including Heart Research UK's Heart of Scotland appeal, a dedicated fundraising campaign to raise money to take on Scotland’s biggest killer –heart disease.

Exeter Rainbow Run tickets on sale now!

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 01/31/2020 - 11:50am

Families are being invited to get their tickets for ‘Exeter’s brightest’ 5k charity fun run, taking place at Westpoint this summer.

Registration for Rainbow Run on Saturday, June 20 opened yesterday Thursday (January 30), with a 25 per cent discount available for those who sign up early.

More than 1,000 people walked, jogged or ran through a series of coloured paint stations at last year’s event, raising £55,000 for Children’s Hospice South West.

Volunteers needed now for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal in Devon

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 01/28/2020 - 9:24am

Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families, is urgently calling for volunteers in Devon to give just two hours of their time to hand out the charity’s iconic daffodil pins, in return for donations.

Volunteers will be supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal – Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign, held every March.

Cancer Research UK urges Devon people to Unite for World Cancer Day

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 01/27/2020 - 10:55pm

PEOPLE in Devon are being urged to show support on World Cancer Day for everyone affected by the disease.

Cancer Research UK is calling on men, women and children to wear one of the charity’s brightly coloured Unity Bands with pride on Tuesday, February 4. 

Every hour, around 4 people are diagnosed with cancer in the South West.*

Wearing a Unity Band is a way of showing solidarity with people affected by the disease.

Devon woman shaves head for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 01/27/2020 - 6:24am

Sally Chapman from Chudleigh celebrated her birthday this year by having her head shaved to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Sally, who turned 55, was inspired by her father who had vascular dementia.

In the build up to her head shave, Sally raised over £1300 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, which powers world-class studies focusing on prevention, diagnosis and treatments for dementia. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is expected to rise to over 1 million by 2025.

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Funds blooming for RNLI

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:56pm

A Torbay garden centre celebrated the amount raised for the RNLI in the run up to Christmas 2019 with a visit from Stormy Sam.

In just three months, staff and customers at Otter Garden Centre in Moles Lane raised over £1,200 for the charity that that is reliant on voluntary donations to power its lifesaving work at sea.

Franco Manca and Uber Eats to donate £1 from every order to charity Fareshare

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 01/24/2020 - 10:26am

Sourdough pizza pioneer, Franco Manca, in collaboration with 

Giving to those who need it most – a talk from Exeter Foodbank to Stephens Scown

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 01/24/2020 - 8:39am

A Devon charity that provides critically important food and essential supplies to Exeter’s hungry has visited Stephens Scown LLP’s Exeter office, to cement a charity partnership.

Employees at Stephens Scown voted for Exeter Foodbank to become one of the firm’s chosen charities, and Mark Richardson from the charity outlined how it supports the city on his recent visit.

Exeter community thanked for charity donations

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 01/22/2020 - 9:56am

RGB Building Supplies is thanking the local community for supporting its Big RGB Christmas Appeal in aid of Devon Air Ambulance. The appeal invited people to donate good quality, pre-loved items to a drop point in RGB’s Exeter branch. 

Bulk bags full of clothing, shoes, books, DVDs and Blu Rays, toys, accessories, jewellery and bric-a-brac were given and passed on to the charity. The items will now be sold in Devon Air Ambulance shops helping it continue to save hundreds of lives across Devon.