Cancer charity launches new patient information booklets

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 09/15/2020 - 12:07pm

A pancreatic cancer diagnosis can be a frightening and uncertain time. Each stage in a patient’s journey can throw up new questions and concerns and it can be difficult to provide support and information that meets an individual’s needs. That is why Pancreatic Cancer Action have updated and refreshed their patient information with the healthcare professionals and those directly affected by pancreatic cancer.

The new booklets contain the most up to date information available to help patients to understand pancreatic cancer, treatment options and the experience of the disease. The...

Diabetes UK is looking for cyclists in Devon

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 09/10/2020 - 7:51pm

Diabetes UK is looking for people from Devon to get on their bikes and take on the UK Wide Cycle Ride this September.

This September take your fitness up a gear and complete our coast to coast virtual challenge. You can pick your distance from one of four routes:

  • Beginners may want to tackle the 120-mile Route One – the equivalent of Dundee to Fort William
  • Experienced cyclists who are after a challenge may find the 950-mile Route Four, the equivalent of Land’s End to John O’Groats, more their speed.

The aim is to challenge yourself – at...

A guide dog sits on the beach in between two people. He has a yellow and white harness on.

Trainee guide dogs go back to school in Exeter

Authored by emma.tucker
Posted: Thu, 08/13/2020 - 3:33pm

After a three-month break due to the Covid-19 outbreak, trainee guide dogs have been able to re-start their training in the south west, getting them ready to become life-changing guides.

In March, sight loss charity Guide Dogs closed its local training teams in line with Government advice, which meant around 55 trainee guide dogs across the region had to take a break.

The dogs were boarded full-time with local volunteers and all training with the local community team, based in Marsh Barton, was stopped.

Thanks to the easing of restrictions, Guide Dogs has now been...

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Exeter builders merchant launches charity bulk bag campaign

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 08/03/2020 - 8:23pm

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to launch its latest charity initiative to raise vital funds for Devon Air Ambulance.

The builders merchant has pledged to donate 25p to the charity from the sale of every promotional ‘bulk bag’, which are used to carry large quantities of aggregates, such as sand, crushed stone and gravel.

Tracy Owen, Fundraising Manager at Devon Air Ambulance, commented: "We are delighted that RGB has chosen once again to support us and would like to thank them for their on-going support. During these challenging times, being able to work with RGB and...

Exeter Chiefs stars join celebrities in supporting local charity with lockdown clear out

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 07/30/2020 - 11:25pm

COVID 19 has had a devastating impact on charities revenues with mass event cancellations and charity shop closures. In a bid to weather the pandemic, local charity Exeter Leukaemia Fund (Elf) has been busy contacting celebrities and sports personalities with a plea for donations for their ‘Celebrity Lockdown Auction’.

Exeter Chiefs rugby stars are amongst the celebrities and sports donors with a selection of signed and worn league and national kit, from their homes. These items will feature alongside various other sport star donations including a signed shirt from footballer...


Freemason turns blue for charity

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 07/25/2020 - 10:50pm

When the Country went into lockdown towards the end of March, David Force a recently retired local estate agent and a freemason missed out on a haircut by two days. No matter he thought, it will only be a few weeks. As the weeks passed, his silver curls took on a life of their own, turning from slightly unkempt to decidedly shaggy. David even thought about getting a job as a lookalike for Brian May, the Queen guitarist!

David and his wife have been volunteering for a small local charity in Dawlish, called Assist Teignbridge. It provides help and support for the elderly and those...

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...