Charities

£16,000 cash boost to local children’s charity from the Morrisons Foundation

Authored by Mary

The Morrisons Foundation has donated £16,000 to Care for Kids North Devon, a charity that helps families who have a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

The support from the Morrisons Foundation will fund the refurbishment of cubicle 4 at the Caroline Thorpe Children's Ward. The much-needed grant will transform this individual bedroom, making it a more comfortable place...

Southern African food crisis victims receive £50,000 from Devonshire Freemasons

Authored by News Desk

Thousands of people at risk of starvation in Southern Africa will be receiving emergency food packs and urgent humanitarian assistance, thanks to a grant of £50,000 from Devonshire Freemasons to Plan International UK.

An estimated 45 million people across Southern Africa are likely to be affected by record high temperatures and low rainfall, which has led to the worst drought for 35...

Devon woman shaves head for Alzheimer’s Research UK 

Authored by News Desk

Sally Chapman from Chudleigh celebrated her birthday this year by having her head shaved to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Sally, who turned 55, was inspired by her father who had vascular dementia.

In the build up to her head shave, Sally raised over £1300 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, which powers world-class studies...

Plymouth children will get first visit to the beach thanks to Tesco funding

Authored by Mary

Plymouth youngsters are being encouraged to feel the sand of the beach between their toes for the first time, thanks to a £4,000 grant from Tesco.

The money has been awarded to the Marine Biological Association, whose members were inspired to bid for the funds after discovering that some Plymouth children have never been to the beach despite living so close to the coast.

The...

Everyone is welcome at the Race for Life Exeter

Authored by Sarah Parker

THIS January, everyone is invited to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Exeter.

The charity’s much-loved events are returning to Westpoint but are no longer restricted to female participants.

This means everybody can be part of the empowering Race for Life movement – and show support for the 34,800 people diagnosed with cancer every year in the South West.

Anyone...

Everyone is welcome at the Race for Life Plymouth

Authored by Mary

This January, everyone is invited to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Plymouth.

The charity’s much-loved events are returning to the city but are no longer restricted to female participants.

This means everybody can be part of the empowering Race for Life movement – and show support for the 34,800 people diagnosed with cancer every year in the South West.

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Devon charities scoop share of £120,000 festive financial boost

Authored by Mike Page

The charities were nominated to win a share of £120,000 as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical's annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign.

Exmouth Gateway Club, which is a social group for adults with learning disabilities in Exmouth, and the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (see notes for full list1), are among the local charities set to benefit from the money, following...

Make 'Walk All Over Cancer' your New Year resolution

Authored by Mary

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...

Drop in cars on the school run in Plymouth as pupils choose to walk, cycle or scoot to school

Authored by Emma Cooke

There has been a significant reduction in cars being used on the school run at schools in Plymouth, following work carried out by walking and cycling charity Sustrans, in partnership with Plymouth City Council, as part of the Plymotion: Bike It Plus programme.

By the end of the last academic year, Plymotion school communities working with Sustrans saw a low of 36% of school journeys...

Another Stirring Success for local adoption charity

Authored by News Desk

The festive season kicked off on Stir Up Sunday on a Saturday this year for local charity Families for Children. Over 30 adopted children were invited to ‘stir up’ some Christmas puddings with charity Patrons, Michael Caines MBE and Judi Spiers.

Stir Up Sunday is traditionally the day for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding, whilst making a wish....