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Ready for the off at the FORCE Santa Cycle

Sign up today for the FORCE Santa Cycle

The FORCE Cancer Charity Santa Cycle is back on Saturday November 27.

The festive ride is described as a must for your family calendar.

Starting at The Topsham School, the six-mile route follows the stunning Exe Estuary cycle path to Exmouth.

Riders then join a Stuart Line Cruises boat for an enjoyable trip back up the River Exe to Topsham Quay.

Mince pies, mulled wine and soft drinks are served on board as families celebrate a fun and festive ride.

Spaces are limited to around 130 cyclists so early booking is advised.

It’s £15 for...

Chudleigh-based Lightfoot chosen by Global broker Willis Towers Watson as Motor Risk Management Partner

Willis Towers Watson, the global insurance broker, has selected Lightfoot’s trail-blazing in-cab driver coaching technology and rewards platform as a self-managed solution to help company car and van fleet clients enhance driver safety and reduce accidents on the road.

Selected as a Motor Risk Management Partner, Lightfoot will be made available to all Willis Towers Watson clients in the UK. That represents many hundreds of businesses that will have access to Lightfoot’s driver-focussed in-cab technology. Blending alerts that keep the driver in the sweet spot of their engine with...

Devon-based GripHero launches campaign to protect EV drivers at the charging point

Devon-based GripHero, the maker of the world’s only single-item release static-safe hand-protection dispenser, is drawing attention to the importance of protecting the health and wellbeing of EV customers who are prone to picking up contaminants and illness from recharging point handles.

The campaign follows research which reveals that charging points are teaming with germs that have been shown to be transferable to others seven times before leaving the skin.

While the world’s attention has focussed sharply on preventing the spread of Covid-19, other illnesses, contaminants...

Exeter student wins £1,000 Author of Tomorrow Prize

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 09/16/2021 - 11:30pm

The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2021 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, Best Published Novel, is Rachel Joyce for Miss Benson’s Beetle (Doubleday).

Miss Benson’s Beetle was selected by judges Jon Coates, Dwayne Fields and Pip Stewart, along with a reader’s vote equating to one seat on the judging panel. The six-strong shortlist from across the globe, comprised two fiction debuts alongside four well-established authors.

Niso Smith, founder, said: ‘ The novels competing this year have been a beacon in challenging...

Protect you and your baby by having the vaccine: An appeal to pregnant women

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 09/15/2021 - 11:12pm

Pregnant women are being reassured by the NHS in Devon that having the COVID-19 vaccination is the best and safest way to protect them and their baby from the serious complications that can be caused by the virus.

Pregnant women with COVID-19 have a higher risk of intensive care admission than women of the same age who are not pregnant.

The risk of serious complications is low but a recent study of more than 340,000 births in England by the National Maternal and Perinatal Outcomes Audit found:

  • Women who tested positive for COVID-19 around the time of birth
  • ...
John Heathershaw and his Tour de Devon team

John leads cycle team on Tour de Devon for FORCE

A team of cyclists will embark on their very own Tour de Devon this week to raise money for FORCE Cancer Charity.

John Heathershaw from Exeter (pictured second left above) set himself the challenge of a coast-to-coast ride to celebrate five years of being cancer clear.

The father-of-two was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma in September 2015 at the age of 39.

FORCE helped him through months of treatment and subsequent complications in his mental and physical health.

“I hadn’t ever really conceived of getting cancer,” John admits.

“I was aware of...

1,000th prostate patient treated with brachytherapy at the RD&E

FORCE and RD&E mark prostate cancer treatment milestone

FORCE Cancer Charity and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital’s Radiotherapy Department have celebrated a milestone in the treatment of prostate cancer.

The hospital has treated its 1,000th patient with high dose-rate brachytherapy, using equipment bought by FORCE.

Bill Collings received his therapy at the RD&E’s Wonford unit.

The treatment is also known as HDR brachytherapy or temporary brachytherapy.

It is a type of internal radiotherapy that involves inserting thin tubes into the prostate gland.

A source of radiation is then passed down the...

Exeter's ‘Leading Edge’ speaker series returns with Mary Portas and John Amaechi part of stellar line up

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 09/14/2021 - 11:33pm

The University of Exeter Business School’s MBA community is set to continue its successful speaker series after announcing its exciting autumn line up.

The Leading Edge speaker series sees world-renowned leaders and entrepreneurs come together with students, faculty and alumni, chief executives and senior leaders to discuss the most pressing global challenges facing business, and through their ideas they challenge us to reflect upon how business can shape a better and more sustainable world.

This autumn’s series features influential business people, leading arts figures...

"School Streets" adopted by three Devon primary schools

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 09/14/2021 - 8:35pm

Three Devon primary schools will be starting their new academic year with the introduction of permanent changes to the environment outside of their school gates.

From tomorrow (Wednesday 8 September), Bradley Barton Primary in Newton Abbot, Ladysmith Primary in Exeter and Whipton Barton Federation in Exeter, will adopt the “School Streets” measures to restrict traffic outside the schools during drop off and pick up times.

The schools have been taking part in a scheme trial over the past year. They found that restricting motor vehicle access outside the school entrance at...

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is among the speakers at the official opening event in October

Back for 2021 - a new chapter for ExeLitFest

Momentum is gathering for a three-day literary event in Exeter later this year after a hiatus because of the pandemic. Last year’s Exeter Literary Festival sadly had to be shelved, but now ExeLitFest (as it’s known for short) is delighted to unveil this year’s programme and open the Box Office.

If you love reading or writing, it’s time to bookmark these dates in your diary - 5th to 7th November - because that's when the Festival is returning to town, bigger and better than ever. A veritable smorgasbord for lovers of all things literary!

ExeLit Fest is an inclusive event for...

The drive to improve motorway journeys for disabled people in the South West

Plan your journey with confidence using National Highways’ access guides for motorway services.

National Highways has partnered with AccessAble, the UK’s leading provider of detailed accessibility information, to help motorists plan where to stop for a break at any one of the 114 motorway service areas across England, including 15 services across the South West.

Lifestyle and disability blogger, Ross Lannon visited the Moto services on the M5 at Exeter to test out the guides.

Ross, from Truro in Cornwall, has a condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy and is a...

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