First post-lockdown auction takes flight with Angels

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Wed, 07/08/2020 - 4:18pm

A picture by much-loved Plymouth artist Beryl Cook was the star of the show at Chilcotts first auction since lockdown measures were eased.

Signed in pencil by the artist, Angels sold for £440 and was bought by a local lady for her friend who works as a nurse in Cambridge. Chilcotts pledged the commission of £175 from the sale to the Honiton Hospital League of Friends.

Liz Chilcott says “We’re really pleased to donate this amount to the League – these are difficult times for so many charities unable to run their usual fundraising events.”

Overall, the first post-...

Devon urged to shop to save lives

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 07/06/2020 - 10:35am

PEOPLE across Devon are being urged to shop to save lives, as Cancer Research UK stores re-open after three months of devastating closures.

The majority of the charity’s shops are getting back to business to tackle a shortfall in funding caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With its shops typically contributing more than £25m every year to vital research, Cancer Research UK has suffered a dramatic loss of income since they were forced to close temporarily at the end of March.

Highlighting the scale of the funding gap, the call to support shopsacross the region...

128 groups benefit from housebuilder cash

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 06/14/2020 - 10:38pm

The first £128,000 of a £1million charity giveaway has been distributed to groups supporting young people across Britain.

The funding – from the Persimmon Homes Building Futures scheme – was awarded to 128 different organisations, with applications received from Caithness to Cornwall.

The initiative aims to support community groups working with under-18s across three categories – education & arts, health and sport.

Robert Hart, director in charge of Persimmon Homes South West, said: “The quality of applications to Building Futures has been phenomenal – and...

Ride On gets key workers ready to ride

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:02pm

Thanks to a grant from the Big Bike Revival for Key Workers initiative from Cycling UK, Ride On, the Exeter bike recycling charity, is offering free services to key workers.

The Covid-19 Government advice to avoid public transport has led to more key workers looking for a reliable form of transport that allows for effective social distancing and gives them a fast, efficient and independent way of getting around.

“Whether they are commuting or delivering essential items, cycling is the perfect solution! Plus, it’s good for physical and mental health. So, we've designed a...

Elderly support charity receives £5,000 from The Cadbury Foundation

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 06/11/2020 - 3:45pm

Local charity Age Concern has been chosen by Crediton-based employees at Ernest Jackson to receive a donation of £5,000.

Dedicated to supporting and improving the quality of life for the elderly in Crediton and its surrounding villages, the charity will be granted a substantial figure from The Cadbury Foundation, as part of its ‘Your Charity Your Choice’ scheme.

Aiming to make a positive difference and add value to individuals’ lives by offering services to promote wellbeing and independence, Age Concern Crediton offers vital support services for the local community...

Put Devon first urges leading charity

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 05/31/2020 - 8:36pm

A new campaign encouraging people who live in Devon to put their county first as it begins its recovery from the Corovirus pandemics has been launched by the charity Love Devon.

As Devon navigates its slow and cautious route out of lockdown, it is encouraging people to put #DevonFirst.

Love Devon is the trading and fundraising arm of Devon Communities Together which works with a very broad range of people, from rural and coastal communities to more urban centres, people like you, or people you might know.

The charity supports them to tackle a wide variety of...

Musicians and medics record stay-at-home charity single

Authored by FORCE Cancer Charity
Posted: Wed, 05/27/2020 - 8:42am

A group of local musicians and medics have joined together to produce a charity video.

The eighteen talented performers have recorded a version of Help! by The Beatles.

And they all played their part from the safety of their own homes.

The video is raising money for FORCE Cancer Charity, which has continued to support local people throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

The project was co-ordinated by Shelley and Ian Poole from the multi award-winning wedding and function band Quite Brazen.

Ian plays guitar and piano and is a sound engineer and music...

Charity rolls out Free accredited online activity sessions for disabled children across UK 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 05/19/2020 - 10:37am

Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has announced that it is to extend its programme of online activity sessions, for disabled children, across the UK.

The 'LifeSkills' programme, open to disabled children and those with additional needs aged 8-18, will be delivered through online video calls, three times a week, and has been designed to encourage children and their families to participate in activities outside a school setting.

“The activity sessions, currently only available in...

Ecclesiastical launches the Movement for Good awards 2020 - giving £1million to charities in need

Authored by Ecclesiastical
Posted: Mon, 05/11/2020 - 4:46pm

Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical is giving away another £1million to charities with the return of its Movement for Good awards.

In 2019 more than 2,300 kind-hearted Devon residents voted for over 140 charities across the region.

Last year saw an amazing 98,000 people around the UK support the Movement for Good awards in total, with over 7,000 charitable causes up and down the country receiving votes. The 500 winning charities were picked at random from those nominated.

This year 500 more charities will each receive £1,000 during the first phase of the campaign,...

Earl and Countess of Devon become city charity’s new patrons

Authored by McQueenie Mulholland
Posted: Mon, 05/11/2020 - 9:41am

Exeter CITY Community Trust has today announced its new charity patrons – the Earl and Countess of Devon.

The organisation, which is the partner charity of Exeter City Football Club, delivers mental and physical health and wellbeing activity to people of all ages and abilities across Devon.

Exeter CITY Community Trust has recently adapted its services and is a key partner with Exeter City Council on the Exeter Community Wellbeing Initiative and is now collecting and delivering shopping, prescriptions and emergency food parcels for isolated and vulnerable people across the...