Exeter Specsavers raises funds for deaf charity

EXETER Specsavers store cranked up the cuteness factor when it played host to precious puppies from the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity.

Audiologists from the store’s Hearcare team arranged the fundraising day to launch its support of the charity, with the aim of raising thousands of pounds.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People trains dogs to alert deaf people to important sounds and danger signals, providing independence, confidence and companionship. 

Mary Youlden



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Generous auction-goers make Hospiscare fundraising total soar

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Tue, 08/06/2019 - 8:18am

Generous buyers at Chilcotts most recent sale helped swell ongoing fundraising for Hospiscare to over £16,500.

Each sale day the auctioneers invite the Hospiscare team to take over the kitchen at the Silver Street Saleroom near Honiton Community College, to sell tea and coffee, snacks and cakes made freshly by Hospiscare volunteer Mary Bolshaw and her team, with every penny of profit kept by the charity.     

L-R: Dan King, Danny Cleal, Sam Pattison, Ray Webber, Henry Burridge, Stuart Wilkinson and Aidan Mason

Exeter group conquer Three Peaks Challenge for charity

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 08/03/2019 - 9:06am

A group of fundraisers from Exeter completed the National Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours on Friday 12 July, to raise vital funds for charity Parkinson’s UK.  

The group were inspired to take on the climbing challenge by a family member of one of the climbers, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. They fundraised nearly £7,000 for the charity by completing the challenge.

Volunteer drivers needed for “lifeline” community garden minibus

Authored by organicARTS
Posted: Fri, 08/02/2019 - 11:51am

Ide-based charity Organic Arts is seeking volunteer drivers to transport adults in a minibus between Exeter and its community garden project.

Volunteers need to spare one to two hours of time and be confident, competent drivers.

Garden sessions run on Wednesdays and Fridays 10.30am-3.30pm with the charity’s minibus used to collect and drop people off at Exeter city centre and Cowick Street.

Organic Arts’ garden project especially benefits people who may have mental health issues, learning difficulties or feel socially isolated.   

Local charities urged to apply for up to £20k of funding

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 08/02/2019 - 7:44am

Local charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for funding of up to £20,000 from a pot worth over £3 million that has been raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

A wide range of community organisations, from registered charities, to community groups and social enterprises, can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000. Applications are open from Wednesday 31 July for two weeks, until 14 August.

Three SW groups shortlisted for housebuilder's £1m prize fund

Authored by Sarah
Posted: Wed, 07/31/2019 - 5:07pm

Regional housebuilder Persimmon Homes South West has shortlisted three groups supporting under-18s to go forward for a chance to win up to £100,000 through its Building Futures campaign.

The groups have been selected from three categories targeting grassroots sports groups, health organisations and arts & education projects.

 Shine 21 Dorset Down Syndrome Buddy Club will represent the arts & education category at the national final, North Devon Marlins Swim Academy has been selected to represent sport and Compass Disability Services health.

L to R: Jo Overton-Pitts, Dr. Reuben Ayres, Sara Bennett, Ian Kingsbury JP, Donna James.

Freemasons help inflate the fortunes of Balloons

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 07/30/2019 - 9:34am

The freemasons of Devonshire have recently given the Exeter based charity “Balloons” a grant of £10,500 over three years to help in the support of the very worthwhile work they undertake.

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Devon businesses enjoy a sunny day of golf to raise money for Hospiscare

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Sat, 07/27/2019 - 10:08am

The sun shone brightly the 15th Marnie Burgoyne Memorial Golf Day earlier this month when 50 teams, many from local businesses, took to the fairways at Exeter Golf & Country Club and helped to raise a fantastic £16,717 for local charity Hospiscare.

Disabled veteran takes on swimming challenge to raise money for Armed Forces charity

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 07/25/2019 - 3:57pm

A disabled veteran from Exeter will be taking on the challenge of swimming 500 lengths to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

Tony Cox served in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps for 5 years, but after leaving the service he suffered from complex health and mobility issues that took their toll on both his work and personal life.

The festival of facial hair returns to Torbay in aid of Suicide Prevention

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Thu, 07/25/2019 - 11:17am

The World Beard and Moustache Championships was held in Antwerp, Belgium in May this year, but you don’t have to travel far to see some world-class face fuzz! August 10 will see the return of South West Beard Club’s very own competition, at the Lucky 7 Club in Paignton, Devon. The event will feature some of the finest facial hair from around the UK and further afield, from twirled moustaches, to neatly clipped beards, to the wild freestyle competitors, where anything goes! There are even handmade categories, so those who aren’t blessed with great facial hair can join in the fun.

Two women walking along smiling, one provides on arm guiding to the other who is holding a long cane

Volunteers Needed to Help Change Lives for People Living with Sight Loss

Authored by Francesca Guide Dogs
Posted: Wed, 07/24/2019 - 8:37am

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association needs volunteers to help improve the confidence and independence of people with a visual impairment. Some of those hoping for a volunteer have been waiting for several months, so getting involved could really help change someone’s life.