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RGB Building Supplies has raised over £8k for Devon Air Ambulance and Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust

RGB raises over £8,000 for air ambulance charities

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to have raised a fantastic £8,400 for Devon Air Ambulance and Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust over the last 12 months.

The support RGB received for its fundraising efforts was overwhelming despite the COVID-19 pandemic having affected how its branches operate. The money was raised from the sale of RGB’s ‘Love where you live’ charity calendar, donations to its branches and the sale of promotional ‘bulk bags’. The bags are used to carry large quantities of aggregates, such as sand, crushed stone and gravel, and RGB had pledged to donate 25p from the...

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Exeter Chiefs’ stars surprise children and families with storytime session at local hospice

Gallagher Premiership rugby players Joe Simmonds, Jack Maunder and Tom O’Flaherty delighted families from Children’s Hospice South West, surprising them at an evening story time session.

Keen to give back to the local community, the Exeter Chiefs players popped up unexpectedly via Zoom to read bedtime stories to children with life-limiting conditions and their families who are cared for by their local hospice, as well as bereaved families who still have strong links with their hospice. The children and their families were treated to a reading of Jack Maunder’s motivational kids’...

Ben Howels is running 500 kilometers in March to raise money for FORCE Cancer Charity

Ben's running 500k in March for FORCE

Ben Howels is hoping to raise £1,500 for Exeter-based cancer support charity FORCE by running 500 kilometres in March.

That’s just over 16 kilometres a day, every day, for 31 days.

“I usually manage about 16 kilometres a week, so it’s a 7x step up for me – but they’re steps I’m going to climb. Metaphorically, anyway,” said Ben.

The 44-year-old solicitor and author of sci-fi fantasy thrillers has made a terrific start to his mad March hare around the streets and pathways of Exeter.

After just eight days he had gone through the 150 kilometre barrier and...

Exeter students to run 2km on the hour every hour for 24 hours to raise money for Mind

Exeter students to run 2km on the hour every hour for 24 hours to raise money for charity

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 03/07/2021 - 10:52pm

Exeter University students Henry Yannaghas, 21, from Suffolk and Edward Warner, also 21, from Llandudno in North Wales, have set themselves the challenge of running 48 kilometres over the course of 24 hours. The distance will be split over equal hourly stints with the aim of raising funds for the UK charity Mind .

The final year Mechanical Engineering and the Arabic and Islamic Studies undergraduates are helping to raise awareness of mental health issues and the pressures students are suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having on student lives....

Exeter bakers urged to turn up the heat on cancer

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:01pm

Exeter bakers are being urged to grab their mixing bowls and whip up some cash, as ‘The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer’ returns this March on Channel 4.

As the Bake Off tent opens its doors again, foodies and fundraisers alike are being asked to don their aprons in aid of Stand Up To Cancer, the joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.

Getting started is a piece of cake with a free kit to download full of tips, recipes and COVID-safe ideas on how to raise some serious dough for lifesaving research, such as staging an at home...

Sight Loss Charity Extends Campaign to Continue Specialist Support During COVID

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 03/01/2021 - 8:53pm

British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF), a Kent-based sight loss charity that provides free, specially adapted audio equipment to those living with sight loss, is proud to announce that its popular BWBFConnect service will continue throughout 2021. The dedicated service was initially launched in April 2020, shortly after the UK entered its first COVID-19 lockdown. Designed to better connect vulnerable people to essential support networks, the scheme a free audio device, delivered direct to the door, to ensure critical information is communicated effectively, and that vulnerable people...

Oscar winning Hollywood Director Cameron Crowe announced as first patron of Dartmoor Zoological Society

The Hollywood Director behind blockbuster films We Bought a Zoo, Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, has become the first patron of the Dartmoor Zoological Society charity.

Cameron Crowe, the Director behind We Bought a Zoo which is based on zoo founder Benjamin Mee’s book of the same name, has pledged to support the charity with the use of his name, after taking a key interest in the zoo’s conservation work.

Cameron’s patronage will help the Dartmoor Zoological Society charity continue its vital work. Its mission is to provide a future where no animal species faces extinction...

Calendar raises over £3,000 for Devon and Cornwall air ambulance charities

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 02/19/2021 - 9:36pm

The sale of RGB Building Supplies’ ‘Love where you live’ 2021 calendar has raised £3,140.50 for Devon Air Ambulance and Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust.

The calendar features photographs that celebrate the region. All the photos were taken by south west residents, including a picture of Exeter Quay by Kate Coldrick. Everyone who had a photo chosen for inclusion received a £100 voucher to spend at their local RGB branch.

Tracy Owen, Corporate Supporter Engagement Officer at Devon Air Ambulance, commented:

"We cannot thank RGB enough for the drive and commitment they...

Tesco Health Charity Partnership fundraising appeal in Devon shows a little help can go a long way

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 02/18/2021 - 5:41pm

Devon shoppers will be able to give a big boost this month to three life-changing charities that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19.

Tesco stores across Devon are supporting the Tesco Health Charity Partnership’s appeal to raise money for Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK from 26 to 28 February.

Tesco customers can make a donation by rounding up their shop in store to the nearest £1 at self-service checkouts. All funds raised will go directly to the three charities.

Due to the pandemic, each charity has already seen its income...

The benefits of giving to charity

As much as we all want to be on Phoebe Buffay’s side when she said you absolutely can do an unselfish good deed, in “ The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS ” episode of Friends, there is definitely some truth to it.

Giving feels good, doesn’t it? The optimistic view would claim that the majority of us are no stranger to having done a good deed for someone and, in turn, have been rewarded with that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you have helped someone or made their day, which is definitely a factor when we give to charity - but are there other any benefits, and why do we do it?...

Devon Air Ambulance launches new ‘March March’ Fundraiser

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 02/14/2021 - 12:17pm

Supporters are ‘stepping up’ to help raise funds for the lifesaving service thisMarch, just by going about their daily life.

Devon Air Ambulance’s (DAA) latest virtual event invites supporters to complete a 300,000-steps challenge throughout the month of March in aid of the life-savingservice.

300,000 steps are just shy of the recommended 10,000 steps a day for a moderately active adult (equivalent to around 5 miles per day). They can be clocked up at home or while out and about in the local area, alone or as part of a bubble.

It’s surprising how quickly the...

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