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Dawdle for Donkeys' fundraising challenge

Help celebrate The Donkey Sanctuary's 50th anniversary with the inaugural 'Dawdle for Donkeys' fundraising walk. It is the perfect way to get out and about with family and friends to enjoy the beautiful countryside surrounding the Sidmouth sanctuary and raise vital funds to help donkeys and mules in need.

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Award-winning holiday park goes topsy-turvy for Comic Relief

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:05am

Multi award-winning holiday park Cofton Holidays has raised vital funds for a global charity by encouraging its staff to try something new.

As part of the Cofton Comic Relief Job Swap, staff at the South Devon holiday park gained experience in different areas of the family business, all in aid of Comic Relief. Thanks to the support of Cofton’s guests, the team raised £200 for Comic Relief, a well-known charity that strives to create a just world free from poverty.   

Public urged to have their say on Exeter’s Draft Physical Activity Strategy

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 03/21/2019 - 9:44am

A public consultation has been launched on the City Council’s vision for Exeter to become the most active city in England.

The eight week consultation is an opportunity for everyone to give their views on the council’s priorities and principles for encouraging active lifestyles.

The council’s vision is set out in two key documents - the Draft Move More Strategy, and the Draft Built Facilities, Playing Fields, Pitches, Play Areas, Parks & Open Spaces Report.

Lynne Barker-Privalova, one of Pete’s Dragons’ counsellors, votes with her green token as part of the John Lewis Community Matters scheme.

How a token gesture by Exeter John Lewis shoppers can help families affected by suicide

Authored by RedSoil PR
Posted: Thu, 03/21/2019 - 9:03am

John Lewis shoppers in Exeter can hand a huge boost to a cause helping hundreds of suicide bereaved families across Devon. 

Pete’s Dragons has been selected as a beneficiary of the Sidwell Street department store’s Community Matters scheme. 

The initiative sees a trio of charities nominated to benefit from an overall fund of £3,000 every three months. 
Customers vote for their preferred cause by placing a green token into boxes located around the store. 

Funding is then handed out proportionately based on how many votes each charity has received. 

State-of-the-art residence tops out in Exeter

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Wed, 03/20/2019 - 7:52pm

The Student Housing Company, which is bringing state-of-the-art student accommodation to Exeter for the 2019/20 academic year, has held a topping out ceremony at Clifford House today. The event, which was attended by representatives from Exeter College and the building’s contractors, Kier, marks the completion of the superstructure for this exciting new project in the city.

Kate Garbers

TEDxExeter announces extra speakers for 2019 Ideas Festival: The Art of the Possible 

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 03/20/2019 - 3:43pm

Organisers of TEDxExeter, the South West's leading Ideas Festival, have announced the addition of five speakers to its 2019 programme.

Now in its eighth year, the sold out event will take place on Friday 5th April 2019 at Exeter's Northcott Theatre, and will be simultaneously livestreamed to an audience in the University of Exeter's Alumni Auditorium.

Devon choirs unite against dementia with charity single

Authored by Jax Gibbins
Posted: Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:09am

Two Devon-based rock and pop choirs have united to produce a single in a bid to raise money for charity. 

90 singers from rock and pop choirs DyNaMix, based in Barnstaple, and the Exeter-based Rhythm of Life Choir recently travelled 300 miles to a studio in Swindon to record an original song, When We Stand Together. All proceeds of the single, written and produced by Choir Director Jax Gibbins, will be donated to Alzheimer’s Society. 

Exeter School pupils help turn tide on litter

Authored by Exeter School
Posted: Wed, 03/20/2019 - 6:25am

Pupils from Exeter School have been busy tackling the problem of marine litter on our beaches by taking part in a Beach Clean event organised by STC Expeditions – an ethical school expedition company based in Exeter.

The Beach Clean took place on Saturday 9th March 2019 and was organised as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) national Beachwatch project.  The data will help MCS identify the main sources of litter at Dawlish Warren and keep the issue of the dangers of marine litter high on the local agenda.

Devonshire Homes restructures to facilitate growth plans

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Tue, 03/19/2019 - 3:42pm

West Country house builder Devonshire Homes has announced a re-structure of its senior management team to spearhead the firm’s ambitious five-year growth plan.

The independent house builder, which is on target to deliver 181 homes in 2019, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the London and Devonshire Trust (LDT). LDT has confirmed an increase in its investment in the house builder to facilitate the growth ambitions to deliver over 250 homes per annum by 2022.  

Topsham welcomes longer days with Spring Forward Saturday

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 03/19/2019 - 1:30pm

The picturesque estuary town of Topsham, just four miles from Exeter, will be celebrating the end of winter with Spring Forward Saturdayon the 30th March. Just before the clocks go forward to welcome warmer days the town will be buzzing with a fair-like atmosphere, with the majority of shops, cafés and restaurants taking part, and live music around the town. 

The event is in its second year and is set to be a fabulous, vibrant day, full of offers from local businesses, Spring treats, children’s activities and foot-tapping sounds from talented local musicians. 

RSPCA inspector takes on biggest challenge yet

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 03/19/2019 - 9:59am

An RSPCA inspector is set to trek to Everest Base Camp to raise funds for animals in need.

Marije Zwager, an inspector based in Exeter, will be taking part in the trek this September with a group of like-minded animal lovers to raise much-needed funds for the RSPCA.

Everyday Marije experiences first-hand the cruelty that is inflicted on innocent animals and the work the RSPCA does to prevent this. She says this is why she is pushing herself to the limit to raise funds to help even more animals.