Trunk in charge!

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 10/01/2018 - 8:25am

A charity beer has raised an elephantine sum for wildlife conservation. Bays Brewery helped generate £3,282 by selling a special beer – Trunk Ale - on behalf of wildlife charity Paignton Zoo Environmental Park.

Paignton Zoo supports environmental education in the Omo Forest of south-western Nigeria, where the elusive forest elephant still survives. The Zoo has been funding work there since 2008.

The Paignton micro-brewery is a long-time supporter of Paignton Zoo and its conservation projects. Pete Salmon, from Bays, said: “Since 2013, our partnership with Paignton Zoo has...

Tiverton family take on the Breakfast Run in memory of Dad

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Sat, 09/22/2018 - 7:25am

The Breakfast Run on 30 September will be a family affair for Sabrina Eastley, who is taking part with her children, Jack, age 14, Joby, 13, Harvey, 9, and Ruby, 8, and her Mum, Jackie.

They are raising funds in memory of husband and father James, who died at home in the care of Hospiscare in March this year.

James and Sabrina had been together since early 2003, when they worked together at a sweet factory in Tiverton. Theirs was a whirlwind romance and before the year was out their first baby, Jack, arrived. He was swiftly followed by Joby and, after a 3-year gap, by...

A tide of support for ‘Row for the Ocean’ as charity auction in Exeter raises £4.5 k to combat ocean plastic pollution

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Tue, 09/18/2018 - 7:02am

The four women behind Devon’s ‘Row for the Ocean’ team are overjoyed to have raised four and a half thousand pounds in one night at their charity auction, raffle and boat unveiling at The Terrace in Exeter last week (Thursday 13th September).

With just 85 days to go until they set off on a gruelling 3,000-mile race across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to the West Indies, the fantastic total is a big boost for rowers Kirsty Barker, Rosalind Holsgrove-West, Kate Salmon, and Laura Try.

The women were delighted to be joined on the night by sponsors, supporters, and well-...

Bulgarian singing star on flying visit to Exeter for charity concert in aid of Unicef

Event Date: 
29/09/2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Southernhay United Reformed Church, Exeter

A rising star of the operatic world, Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Svetlina Stoyanova, will be coming to Exeter at the end of the month to take part in a special charity concert in aid of UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund.

Currently singing in Vienna at the famous State Opera, Svetlina will be flying to Exeter for just thirty-six hours to take part in the concert at Southernhay United Reformed Church on Saturday 29th September.

Svetlina, who won the prestigious New Voices international singing competition in Berlin last year, has performed in opera and concerts...

Bloodwise Exeter Walk

Event Date: 
16/09/2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Exeter Quay

Join us for a beautiful walk along the Exe Estuary Trail

This sponsored walk leaves Exeter Quay and partially follows the River Exe out to the coast where you can finish at Starcross or continue onwards to Dawlish.

The walk is fairly flat making it ideal for families and a range of abilities.

As the walk is along some of the River Exe, there are various train stations en route so if you feel that you want to shorten the walk then you can do, or you can continue to Dawlish.

There will be a lunch stop at Starcross, where you can stop for a rest and some...

Devon golf day raises more than £12,000 for charity which helps keep local children safe, healthy and happy

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Sun, 07/29/2018 - 9:19pm

A charity golf day in East Devon, made possible through the support of local businesses, has raised £12,109 for Life Education Wessex, a charity which delivers vital health, wellbeing and drugs education in Devon’s schools.

The event at Woodbury Park Golf Club in July raised much-needed funds to support the charity’s work with children in schools.

A great day was had by all. For the second year running, CAP Ceilings & Partitions generously sponsored the event and the ‘hole in one’ competition, ensuring the day was a great fundraising success. Barclays provided match-...

Hospiscare supporters take to the skies to boost funds

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Wed, 07/11/2018 - 10:34am

Hospiscare supporters will be taking to the skies above East Devon on Saturday 18 August for a morning of skydives at Dunkeswell Airfield to raise funds for the charity, which supports adults with terminal illnesses in Exeter, Mid and East Devon.

The skydivers will be in the capable and experienced hands of Skydive Buzz for what promises to be an adrenaline-filled and exhilarating experience. Hospiscare volunteer and first-time skydiver, Shirley Botfield from Exeter, will be jumping in memory of her late husband Keith, who died of mesothelioma at the Exeter hospice, Searle House,...

Swimming thousands of miles, raising thousands of £££s

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Thu, 03/15/2018 - 7:53am

When Neil Brown, aged 53 from Dunkeswell, started swimming regularly at the age of 28 he had no idea how large a part of his life it would become. Neil’s mum originally suggested he take up some form of exercise to keep fit, but swimming lengths at his local pool in Honiton has become something of an obsession.

Neil explains: “I keep a record of every single swimming session I do and log how far I’ve swum. This January I hit 3,714 miles, which is 237,744 lengths of the pool. It’s like swimming from Exeter to New York and then some! My preferred stroke is freestyle and I usually do...

Egg-cellent Easter fundraising at Exeter builders merchant

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 03/12/2018 - 5:09pm

The Exeter branch of RGB Building Supplies is continuing its fundraising for Children’s Hospice South West with an Easter competition.

Between Monday 12th March and Monday 26th March, the branch is inviting customers to make a donation and guess how many mini eggs are in a tub for the chance to win a Marvellously Magnificent Easter egg from Thorntons.

The person who guesses correctly, or comes the closest, will be named the winner and invited to the branch to collect their prize in time for it to be enjoyed over the Easter weekend.

Paul West, Branch Manager at RGB...

Young entrepreneur sleeps rough for charity

Authored by Jane Blanchard
Posted: Mon, 03/12/2018 - 8:01am

Amongst those ‘sleeping rough’ in Exeter to raise money for young homeless people in the city on Saturday night was none other than young entrepreneur Chris Rundle of city-based GK Signs.

Aged 23 and the recent winner of the Western Morning News Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Chris wanted to do his bit for young people not as fortunate as he is. He set a modest target of £500 but more than smashed that with his fund currently running at nearly £1,400 which will benefit the YMCA, Exeter.

Describing his 12 hour ordeal, Chris (pictured above) said it was much tougher even...