Jenny and Milly keep volunteering in the family

Jenny Berryman and Milly Evans are already exceptional because they give up time to volunteer with Samaritans - but what makes them really special is that they are mother and daughter.

The pair are the first mother-and-daughter volunteers in the Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch of the charity, having joined the organisation during 2019.

Jenny, 46, says her biggest challenge was overcoming a worry of becoming too involved when listening to others’ problems. “However, the training we receive is exceptional - it gives us the confidence to listen without becoming an...

Freemasons donate £1,660 to Hospiscare’s Searl House in Exeter      

Freemasons donate £1,660 to Hospiscare’s Searl House in Exeter     

This year as part of their annual support for hospices throughout the country Ian Kingsbury (at a Socially distanced meeting) presented a certificate denoting the £1660 given on behalf of the Devonshire Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) to Carey Mackenzie, Hospiscare’s Grants and Appeals Officers.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation makes grants of £750,000 to the 203 hospices in England and Wales, including £10,350 to eight hospices here in Devon as part of the £14 million total given since 1984. This includes £300,000 which will be distributed between...

Chris Hampton and Rachel Littlewood, who are taking part in a charity half marathon

Chris targets charitable run up to retirement

Chris Hampton is a veteran of running half marathons around Exeter for charity.

He was all set to take part in this year’s Great West Run but when it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, he refused to be blown off course.

So, on Sunday May 23 – the original date for the GWR - he and a group of family and friends will run the Virtual FORCE Half.

They are tackling their own 13.1-mile challenge to raise money for FORCE Cancer Charity and Hospiscare.

Chris is managing director of Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood, the largest fine art auction...

Vodafone joins forces with Good Things Foundation and Mencap

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Sun, 05/02/2021 - 11:41pm

Vodafone has announced it is working with the social change charity Good Things Foundation to connect digitally excluded families in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK.

Vodafone has provided unlimited data SIMs and dongles to connect over 2,500 people, including almost 150 families and adults with disabilities in the South West, enabling them to access support services, online education and employment opportunities. The Good Things Foundation ‘Connecting Families’ programme crucially includes specialist one-on-one support to ensure that, in addition to devices and...

Bensons turns “preloved beds” into £7.1 million for British Heart Foundation

Free collection service for unwanted beds and furniture helps save lives

Finding new homes for preloved beds and bedroom furniture has helped to save lives by raising more than £7.1 million for the British Heart Foundation thanks to customers of Bensons for Beds.

Bensons customers can donate unwanted bed frames, bases, mattresses and bedroom furniture to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) which sells them through its network of 190 home stores. Proceeds go to help life-saving research into heart and circulatory diseases.

In the past year the Bensons-BHF partnership has...

Hundreds of CDs will be on sale at the FORCE Shop music fayre

FORCE Shop to hold music fayre

Calling all music lovers The FORCE Cancer Charity Shop in Heavitree is having a CD fayre on Sunday May 9. The whole of the shop floor will be dedicated to all the fabulous CDs that have been gathered while lockdown forced all but essential retail to close. “We have rock, pop, indie, 80s, 90s - you name it we probably have it,” said shop manager Anna Heard. “This is a collection of the best quality CDs that our lovely volunteers Nik and Kevin have been gathering and normally take along a small selection to the Exeter Record Fayre at the Corn Exchange. “We look forward to attending the next...

Veterans With Dogs invites supporters to take part in Captain Tom 100 special fundraising event

Following the outpouring of heartfelt messages since the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore on 2 February, his family pledged to celebrate his life with an event that everyone, in the UK and around the world, could be involved in. That event is the Captain Tom 100 and Veterans With Dogs is proud to be inviting our supporters to take part.

Veterans With Dogs , like many other charities, has been hugely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s had a catastrophic effect, with the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events and the loss of billions in income.

Captain Tom 100...

Dance in your pants to help men with cancer!

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 04/20/2021 - 11:49pm

A South West charity is calling on people in Devon to dance, sing and play music in their pants to raise money to help local men with testicular cancer.

It’s the “Men In Pants” campaign from It’s in the Bag Cancer Support. The campaign is running throughout April, which is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.

Supporters, known as “Testicle Defenders”, post a video of themselves doing the special Men In Pants dance, or singing/playing the Men In Pants song, or both, and donate £3 to the charity.

They’re hoping to make the 30-second dance into the next viral craze...

3,000 mile solo row across the Atlantic Ocean

3,000 mile solo row across the Atlantic Ocean

Good day to you all.

In December 2023 I am setting off to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean solo.

I will be rowing 2 hours on and 2 hours off 24 hours a day for up to 90 days.

Previous rowers have suffered hallucinations from sleep deprivation and I am sure I will have salt sores on my hands, feet and derrière. In last year's challenge several boats capsized (although the boat is designed to self right) and some had their hulls pierced by Blue Marlin ( swordfish) hunting Tuna.

I am using this platform to raise monies for my two chosen charities...

FoodCycle will be serving up free meals to The Exeter community

Food charity to launch new project providing free meals to the Exeter community

FoodCycle , the charity that fights food poverty and loneliness will be serving up free meals to the community through their Project, FoodCycle Exeter which will transition into a Cook & Collect service on 27th April.

Serving up free takeaway meals every Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm this vital service aims to provide food and conversation to local communities across the country. With the additional aim of reducing food waste, FoodCycle volunteers create nutritious meals from surplus food. The meals are open to all, and guests range from low-income families, people affected...

Exeter’s CLIC Sargent charity shop to this week and urgently needs donations

The UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, CLIC Sargent , is calling on Exeter’s residents to come out and support its shop as they open their doors again on Wednesday 14 April , following the national lockdown.

The charity shop in Exeter (Unit 11, St Thomas Centre Cowick Street EX4 1DG ) has been closed since the end of last year and shop managers are now looking forward to welcoming back Exeter’s bargain hunters.

They have put in place a range of safety measures to protect their customers, volunteers and staff from Covid-19 including: limiting the...
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