Joel Dommett wins £11,200 for charity Brain Tumour Support

Comedy star Joel Dommett is familiar with challenges after his memorable runners-up spot in the 2016 ‘I’m a Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here’. His most recent challenge saw him go head-to-head with fellow former campmates Dean Gaffney and Rosemary Shrager, not in the jungle but on a Catchphrase celebrity special last weekend. 

Joel’s unique humour and quick wit sparkled again as he won £11,200 for charity Brain Tumour Support, a charity that runs support groups in Exeter and Plymouth (see below). 

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Taylor Wimpey Exeter tees off to raise money for life saving research

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 11/26/2019 - 10:47pm

Dedicated Taylor Wimpey staff in Exeter showed they’re all heart by raising an incredible £11,500 for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life saving research.            

On Friday 13 September, employees of the housebuilding company held their annual golf charity day for the second year in support of the BHF in the fight against heart disease. Over the last two years, they have raised more than £15,000.   

The team chose to support the BHF because one of its members is a proud grandparent of seven-year-old, Isabelle Ware.      

Representatives from the organisations and charities with their cheques

Devon Freemasons give £25,000 support to local charities and organisations

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 11/26/2019 - 10:03am

Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from all around Devon meet to support local organisations and charities who are require financial assistance, amongst those included are Schools, Youth Centres and locally based charities including Hospices, Hospital Services and Cancer Charities.

Redrow Homes celebrates deserving causes in Okehampton

Authored by Purplefish
Posted: Mon, 11/25/2019 - 3:30pm

Redrow Homes South West has supported a number of deserving causes in the Okehampton community – home to its new Romansfield development – through the creation of a fund for local organisations.

The housebuilder invited applicants to write to them and explain how they would benefit from the financial boost, and Redrow chose six organisations in the area to support with this particular fund.

Devon residents urged to 'Get Your Sparkle On' to help keep children safe this Christmas

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 11/25/2019 - 9:47am

Workplaces, schools, families, and friendship groups across the region are being urged to ‘Get Your Sparkle On’ by the NSPCC this Christmas to help protect children for whom this time of year may not be so joyful.

1 in 5 children in the UK suffer abuse, and every year, specially-trained counsellors from Childline answer calls from children suffering their darkest hour.

Nominate a Devon charity to receive a festive financial boost

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 11/24/2019 - 2:09pm

Ecclesiastical is giving £120,000 to good causes as part of its annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign.

The specialist insurer will be giving 120 different charities an early Christmas gift of a £1,000 donation, with 10 winners announced each weekday from 5 to 20 December.

Ecclesiastical is inviting people to nominate a registered charity close to their hearts to benefit from this festive boost.
It’s quick and easy to nominate a charity online. Nominations are open until 19 December and you can vote for your charity at

Front Row: Liz Cook – Volunteer Co-ordinator & Supervisor/ Sara Bennett CEO (Balloons) / Symon Garratt / David Gibson/ Chris Heal/ Alison Whitfield / Julie Weaver (Partners – W&L)  Back Row: Gem Watson – Volunteer Grief Support Worker & Becky Hopley – Volunteer Grief Support Worker  (Balloons)

Independent estate agents 'reach for the sky' in aid of Balloons

Authored by Glen King PR
Posted: Fri, 11/22/2019 - 11:13am

Award-winning south west estate agents and chartered surveyors Whitton & Laing have generously donated £1,884 to Exeter-based ‘Balloons’, a charity who help support bereaved children and their families. 

The sum represented the year the independent estate agency was established and their way of giving back to the local community as part of the firm’s 135th anniversary celebrations.

£12,000 raised at Firey Fundraiser

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 11/21/2019 - 8:24pm

Kitley House Hotel was the stunning backdrop for Children’s Hospice South West’s (CHSW) most recent fundraiser, the Firewalk; which involved 70 people walking on fire on Thursday evening and hoping to raise over £12,000 in sponsorship.

This is the first time that CHSW has put on a Firewalk fundraising event in Plymouth and it proved extremely popular with places flying out fast for people to take part in this unique event.

Latest grant to Devon Air Ambulance from Devonshire freemasons brings total donation to £2.4 million

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 11/20/2019 - 10:44pm

A grant of £4,000 to the Devon Air Ambulance from Devonshire Freemasons has brought the total Masonic support given to air ambulances across the country to £2.4 million since 2007.

The total contribution to the Devon Air Ambulance since 2007 by Devonshire Freemasons is in excess of £122,000.

Devon’s Air Ambulances operates across Devon up to 19 hours a day and assisted 1109 patients during 2018.

The grant, which comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, is funded by freemasons and their families from across Devon, England and Wales.

Exeter College's Festival of Carols set to kick off Christmas

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 - 12:17pm

Date: 5th December 2019 

Location: Exeter Cathedral 

Timings: Doors open 6.30pm, 7.30pm start 

Admission: Free, donations to college charities welcomed 

Exeter College’s annual Festival of Carols will be kicking off Christmas in the stunning setting of Exeter Cathedral, complete with performances from college students; all in the name of charity.  

Peter Holman receiving the cheque from Ian Kingsbury accompanied by W. Bro. Clive Eden from St. Michaels Lodge in Dawlish.

Sense Deafblind charity receive £1,000 from local Freemasons 

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 11/15/2019 - 9:46am

Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from around Devon meet to give support totalling in excess of £50,000 to local charities & organisations throughout the county who are in need of assistance, “SENSE” the Charity for the Deafblind who are based in Exeter & Newton Abbot were one of the groups who were nominated by their local lodge St. Michaels of Dawlish.