Charities

British Heart Foundation encourages people to sign up to bike ride with staggering statistics

Authored by Josh Webber

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is urging people in Plymouth to turn from spectator to sportsperson this summer, as new figures show that the average resident spends nearly 18 more hours watching sport than getting active every year.

The heart research charity has released the statistics to encourage people to sign up to its iconic London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday 17 June....

South West urged to get behind oar-some challenge

Authored by News Desk

PEOPLE in the South West are being challenged to row a marathon in March as part of an oar-some fundraising effort for Cancer Research UK.

In partnership with the renowned Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race, now known as The Cancer Research UK Boat Race, the charity is encouraging people to go the distance and cover 26.2 miles in stages or in one go, anytime in March.

Would-be...

Burts Chips raises over £1,500 for local charities

Authored by Josh Webber

The Plymouth based snack brand Burts Chips has raised £1,681 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Jeremiah’s Journey in 2017.

A 150-strong team participated in various events including a 10km bush mud run as well as holding ongoing raffles, donations and a ‘Wear Red to Work Day’.

David Nairn, managing director of Burts Chips, comments: “Burts Chips is passionate about...

Premier League Primary Stars offers free kit to primary schools

Authored by Josh Webber

The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme is offering free football kit and equipment to primary schools in an effort to inspire children to learn, engage and be active.

The programme is a national curriculum-linked education initiative that uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs, to help teachers inspire girls and boys aged 5-11 in the...

Using mobile phone biggest turn-off at Plymouth dinner tables, survey reveals

Authored by Mike Page

Technology at the table seems to be a growing annoyance for many, with 37 per cent of those polled in Plymouth also saying taking photos of food is rude.

But people in the area are becoming more relaxed about traditional table etiquette, with just 8 per cent saying not finishing everything on your plate is a no-no, and 9 per cent disapproving of using the wrong cutlery or using it in...

New Year, new challenge at Living Coasts

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium is looking for new volunteers. But the charity zoo is not seeking skills handling penguins, fur seals, otters or octopus. Instead you’ll need to be great with that most extraordinary of species – human beings.

The three volunteer roles are all to do with helping visitors: meeting and greeting people as they arrive; fundraising; and providing...

Stagecoach Plymouth staff support Children with Cancer

Authored by News Desk

Stagecoach staff in Plymouth have nominated ‘Children with Cancer’ for the company’s annual £500 charity donation.

During December, staff are asked to put forward suggestions for a £500 charity donation from each of Stagecoach’s four Devon depots. Driver Kev Kellow nominated Children with Cancer UK for the Plymouth donation after meeting local fundraiser Steve Goucher.

Since...

Over £30,000 raised by police force to benefit charities

Authored by News Desk

Over the last three years, officers and staff across Devon & Cornwall Police have participated in and organised fundraising activities which have benefitted both local and national charities.

The funds, now totalling over £30,000, were raised in a wide variety of ways, from the purchase of epaulettes, to charity bake sales and even a ‘guess the weight of the ferret’ competition....

Macmillan gives over £124,800 to keep Devon cancer patients above the breadline

Authored by News Desk

Macmillan Cancer Support has revealed that in 2016 it gave out grants totalling approximately £124,8001, to Devon residents who were struggling with the financial hardship that cancer can bring. Across the south west region, the charity provided just over £849,3001 in grants to help keep cancer patients financially afloat last year. With hundreds of Devon cancer patients relying on charity...

PKF Francis Clark Supports Christmas Macmillan at Eden

Authored by News Desk

PKF Francis Clark in Truro, was delighted to be a sponsor of the recent Macmillan Christmas Fair held at the Eden Project earlier this month. The event raised a record-breaking £64,000. The money will go towards directly supporting Cornwall’s cancer patients.

The famous biomes at Eden were turned Macmillan Green for the duration of the Fair and played host to one of the county’s most...