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Tesco shoppers in Devon help to provide £1million boost to health charity partners 

People in Devon have been thanked for contributing towards the £1million raised for three life-saving charities as part of Tesco’s ‘Helping you to live healthier’ initiative.

Tesco customers reached the landmark total for Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK from 13-26 September by rounding up their shop in store to the nearest £1.

The funds raised will now help the three charities continue their vital work to save and improve lives.

In addition to the £1 million donated, the campaign raised awareness in Devon about the importance of...

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Will you go the distance to support local end-of-life care?

Whether you're a budding Chris Hoy, a newbie cyclist or are looking for a family adventure, Hospiscare need you to hop on your bike for Tour de Devon 2021!

For this year’s Tour de Devon cycle challenge, you choose where, when and who you ride with. With distances of 50, 100, 250 or 400 miles on offer, there’s a challenge for everyone!

Complete your miles over a day, a week or throughout the month: all we ask is you complete your miles during September. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, a casual rider, looking to get out on your bike more, sign up to Tour de Devon 2021 today...

Southwest London fundraiser Takes On The One Million Step Challenge for Diabetes UK

A fundraiser from Southwest London has taken on the One Million Step Challenge in Memory of his dad who died of diabetes.

Ray Martin is on an important mission to complete the One Million Step Challenge in aid of Diabetes UK to help raise funds to combat the health condition and bring awareness to people living and working in the UK.

The One Million Steps Challenge has become an important virtual event, and after losing his father to Diabetes, Ray Martin who lives in Streatham wanted to take part in memory of his father.

Not deterred by his age, Ray Martin who is...

Derek Hathaway on returning to Starcross Yacht Club

1,917 mile solo sail around the UK raises over £4,000 for charity

70 year old Derek Hathaway from Exeter has realised his personal challenge to sail solo around the coast of Britain – and including gift aid, raised £4,141.25 for local charity Rainbow Living.

Originally due to depart April 2020, Derek’s plans were put on hold when the UK went into lockdown but with the easing of restrictions earlier this year, he finally set sail on the 20th April.

Derek launched from Starcross Yacht Club on the Exe, sailing anti-clockwise around the coast of Britain. He travelled east towards Ramsgate via the Solent, before heading north to Scotland and...

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...

Julian House outreach team in Exeter

Authored by Daffne
Posted: Sat, 07/24/2021 - 2:44pm

We have lots of outreach teams working across the South West helping people who are out on the streets on a regular basis, ensuring anyone who has been forced to sleep rough, or is leading a street-based lifestyle, understands the options available to support them.

We had a chat with our Outreach Team Leader in Exeter, James Ellison, to find out a bit more about how the service operates and the sort of people it provides vital support for:

What sort of advice/support are you offering to people you see in your outreach sessions?

On outreach, there is a lot of advice...

Help to influence the future fundraising strategy at Devon Air Ambulance

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 07/23/2021 - 1:43pm

It will be no surprise to hear that a huge reduction in fundraising opportunities throughout the past 18 months has affected the income at Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) and it will take years to turn round the financial shortfall.

With this in mind, the charity is looking for new ways to fundraise, to ensure that they have the means available to maintain this life-saving service for the people of Devon and the South West well into the future and they want to gain your views about how they might do that.

This summer, DAA are already being tasked to a higher number of missions...

Leading housebuilders triple recent donations to local children's charities

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 07/21/2021 - 11:09pm

Leading housebuilders Barratt and David Wilson Homes have tripled donations made earlier in the year to 5 local children's charities. The additional £15,000 donation brings the total donations made to £20,000.

The charities set to receive an additional £3,000 each include Home-Start Exeter, East & Mid Devon which supports parents and families from all backgrounds or situations, such as those struggling with mental health issues or with children with disabilities. Home-Start trains volunteers experienced in parenting and matches them to families, to offer emotional and...

Devon Air Ambulance makes a plea for your pre-loved items to support the service

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 07/21/2021 - 1:43pm

Throughout the pandemic, Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) shops have exceeded the minimum level of Covid-Safe precautions recommended by the Government and have achieved an even higher level of protection to ensure the safety of their staff, volunteers and customers.

Now, following the most recent lifting of restrictions, the charity's 19 shops, although they remain cautious, are fully open for business and in need of your help!

Since the DAA shops returned to a browsing format they have been welcoming back many regular and new customers, which has been great for business....

Get into gear to help beat cancer

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 07/19/2021 - 11:14pm

PEOPLE in the South West are being urged to get on their bikes for Cancer Research UK and raise money for a wheelie great cause.

People of all ages and abilities – from seasoned cyclists to recent converts – are being encouraged to sign up now for the Cycle 300 challenge to help the charity continue its life-saving mission.

Participants can choose how, when and where to clock up 300 miles on a bike during September - whether it’s 10 miles every day, 75 miles every weekend or all in one go.

There are many ways to hit the 300-mile mark for commuters, weekend...

Diabetes UK looking for swimmers in Devon to make a splash in charity challenge

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 07/19/2021 - 10:17pm

People from Devon are being invited to dive into a sponsored swimming challenge and raise vital funds for Diabetes UK.

Swim22 runs between 22 July and 22 October and involves swimming a total of 22 miles – the equivalent of crossing the English Channel. Participants can take on the challenge at their own pace, accumulating the miles across the course of the 12 weeks.

All funds raised will go towards Diabetes UK’s work in funding life-saving research and making sure everyone living with diabetes gets the care and support they need.

Phaedra Perry, Regional Head...

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