Exeter Chiefs Foundation donates record amounts during lockdown

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 07/27/2020 - 3:31pm

The Exeter Chiefs Foundation has distributed funds totalling more than £200,000 since lockdown began.

Despite not being able to gather at Sandy Park as usual because of social distancing rules, the trustees met via Zoom to ensure vital funds were still being shared.

Among the charities and organisations to benefit were Living Options Devon, Exmouth Beach Wheelchair Project, Topsham Bowling Club and Farms For City Children.

The single largest donation of £100,000 was made to Exeter Community Wellbeing – a COVID-19 response service set up by Exeter City Council...

Seven-year-old girl’s lockdown challenge to help keep children safe

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 05/21/2020 - 11:19pm

A Devon primary school girl is determined to help other children during the pandemic after realising that not all children would be safe at home whilst schools are closed.

Daniela had been enjoying quality family time since schools were shut, but decided to come up with a way to help other children who might be feeling sad and so set herself a fundraising challenge to raise funds for the NSPCC.

She has roped in her parents, Annelise and Nigel, and dog Roxy to help with the challenge – running one kilometre a day from their home in Kenton for 30 days as part of the NSPCC’...

Exeter family raising funds for vital equipment for 13-year-old Jessica

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Posted: Tue, 04/28/2020 - 11:04am

Digital Dine and Donate for Tree of Hope

The Fairchild family from Exeter, Devon are currently raising money for an Innowalk machine for daughter Jessica, 13, who has cerebral palsy. The £25,000 equipment is not funded by the NHS but will help Jessica exercise efficiently, which in turn will help her build up her muscles, reduce stiffness and even improve her digestion.

They will be taking part in charity Tree of Hope’s nationwide fundraiser Dine and Donate. Tree of Hope is asking supporters to enjoy digital dinner parties to help raise funds for sick and disabled children...

Fundraising campaign hits target one year early

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 02/17/2020 - 12:08pm

Alumni and supporters of the University of Exeter have got behind a campaign to raise a record amount in support of the institution’s work.

Since 2012, £60 million has been donated philanthropically to fund vital research into diseases such as dementia, diabetes and cancer; to seek solutions to environmental problems like climate change, plastic pollution and food security; and to understand important economic, social and political dynamics across the world.

Money raised has also supported students to both attend Exeter and also to have the best possible experience during...

Marathon runner: “I’m doing this for our children”

Marathon runner: “I’m doing this for our children”

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Sun, 02/09/2020 - 10:33am

A first-time London Marathon competitor is running so that her young children will be able to see wildlife when they grow up.

Franziska Bullimore has entered the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of conservation charity Paignton Zoo. Franziska, who has a background in working with animals herself, said: “I’m doing this for our children, for the next generation, in the hope that they will still be able to see amazing plants and animals in the world. It’s about respect for the environment. This is my little contribution.”

She and her husband Paul live in Weymouth,...

Susannah and the Noise

PetRocks! Fundraiser for Exeter charity

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Wed, 02/05/2020 - 12:19pm

Exeter Cavern will play host to the first PetRocks! fundraiser gig to help people in the city who are homeless.

Organised by local businessman and guitarist Dan Pritchard, of Susannah and the Noise, the gig on Thursday February 20 at the Gandy Street venue will see proceeds go to local charity St Petrock’s, which is working to address the problems caused by homelessness in and around Exeter.

Susannah and the Noise will be joined by Lottie, Ghost Hands and Charlotte AP for the gig.

Last year, between 45 and 95 people were accessing the charity’s drop-in homelessness...

Make 'Walk All Over Cancer' your New Year resolution

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 01/03/2020 - 9:26am

People in the South West are being challenged to kick start the New Year by taking steps to support Cancer Research UK.

The charity is encouraging everybody who feels they’ve had too many mince pies or helpings of Christmas pudding to sign up now to Walk All Over Cancer and get sponsored to walk 10,000 steps every day for a month.

In the South West, almost a quarter (22 per cent) of people are getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week.

Alison Birkett, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for the South West, said: “For many of us, the start of a new year...

Tesco donates thousands of pounds to support Exmouth’s lifeboat

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 12/15/2019 - 12:03pm

Exmouth Lifeboat Station has received a £4,000 grant from Tesco to support it in its lifesaving work.

The station was established more than 200 years ago, with a new station and boathouse created in 2010. The crews have been awarded seven medals for gallantry.

Exmouth’s fundraising branch of the RNLI received the funding from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, enabling it to continue saving lives at sea.

Ben Black, fundraising manager, said: “We’re very grateful to Tesco for this money. We rely on donations so we can continue saving lives at sea 365 days a year.


Thomas Westcott raises over £690 for Devon Air Ambulance

Authored by sarahhoyle
Posted: Thu, 12/12/2019 - 10:30am

Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants has presented Devon Air Ambulance with a cheque for £691. The donation brings the total the firm has raised for the charity over the last 15 years to £5,641.

As part of Thomas Westcott’s support for rural communities, its Agricultural Consultancy Service team regularly attend agricultural shows across the South West, providing complimentary refreshments for people who visit the Thomas Westcott stand, as well as organising fun activities such as face painting for children. At each event, the team encourages people to donate much-needed cash to...

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Devoted daughter takes on half marathon for brain injured dad

Authored by Headway Devon
Posted: Sat, 08/17/2019 - 12:07pm

Brave runner and fundraiser, Alice Carlo, has been inspired by the experience of her father to take on the Bournemouth Half Marathon.

Alice, who is currently studying at the University of Bournemouth, tells us, “In 2014 my Dad suffered from a severe stroke, causing him to be partially paralysed and leaving him with little speech, hearing or site. He now receives support from the team at Headway Devon’s centre in Exeter on a weekly basis where he is able to socialise and take part in activities. He also receives help with speech and movement which has improved incredible amounts...