Local News

Avoid fast fashion and help good causes

The RSPCA’s Charity Shop Challenge aims to encourage people to show off stylish second hand finds and save the planet whilst raising money for charity.

Fast fashion is clothing that moves quickly from catwalk to stores in order to meet new trends. The items are often cheap and...




Keep Me Close accommodation opens for Plymouth parents

Authored by Sarah Parker

Friday 15 November marked a very special day for hundreds of fundraisers, parents and the neonatal team at Derriford Hospital. The 'Keep Me Close' parental accommodation for parents whose babies are in the care of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was officially opened.

The accommodation, which has been funded entirely by the ‘Keep Me Close’ appeal, is within walking distance...

Children having surgery given LEGO by Fairy Bricks charity

Authored by Mary

Patients of Plym Children’s Theatres at Derriford Hospital were treated to a special visit from Santa after a large donation of LEGO was received.

Fairy Bricks has one very simple objective: to give LEGO to children in hospital. After an appeal from Healthcare Assistant Jo White, the theatres received over £3000 worth of LEGO to give children in order to make their visit a bit easier...

Young football fans treated to hospital visit by Argyle players

Authored by Mary

Nobody wants their children to have a stay in hospital, and that’s particularly true during the festive season, when families long to spend time at home together.

But some young patients and their families had a surprise this week when members of Plymouth Argyle Football Club turned up, ready to kick-off some Christmas cheer.

Manager Ryan Lowe, coaches, and members...

Kind-hearted couple launch charity in memory of their daughter

Authored by Mary

A couple from Plymouth have launched a charity which will support bereaved parents who have suffered neonatal loss or stillbirth.

Aimee and Ryan Conroy felt compelled to do something to help future bereaved parents after their little girl, Luna Valentina Conroy, was sadly born sleeping in November 2017.

“We wanted to embrace a new journey,” said Aimee and Ryan. “Something we...

Get set for the 2020 Plymouth History Festival

Authored by Mary

The dates for next year’s Plymouth History Festival have been confirmed as Friday 8 to Sunday 31 May.

The popular annual celebration of the city’s heritage has been running for eight years. It’s coordinated by The Box and supported by Plymouth City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Since the History Festival started in 2013 thousands of residents and visitors...

When to call 999 this Christmas

Authored by Mary

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is urging people only to call 999 this Christmas if someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.

Demand for the ambulance service is likely to peak over the next two weeks when staff are expecting to respond to more than 3,000 calls a day.

Paramedics and Control Room staff warn that unnecessary...

Devon's winter teams prepared

Authored by Mary

Devon County Council’s winter service teams are prepared and ready if they are called into action over the Christmas holidays and throughout the rest of the winter season.

The authority has upgraded six gritters to replace older vehicles in its winter fleet of 37 frontline gritters.

So far this winter, around 3,000 tonnes of salt have been used on Devon’s roads. The Council...

Hospital festive fundraising makes £1108 for local charity

Authored by Mary

Big-hearted patients, visitors and members of staff at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre have raised an amazing £1108 through a number of festive activities, in aid of the hospital’s chosen charity – Improving Lives Plymouth.

The fundraising activities included a Christmas Craft Fair with gifts and goodies hand made by members of staff and patients; the sponsored wearing of Christmas...

UHP anaesthetists rewarded for high quality patient care

Authored by Mary

The anaesthetic team at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust have been re-accredited under the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) scheme.

The hospital was one of the first to receive the accreditation for the high quality care the anaesthetic team provided to patients.

ACSA is the RCoA’s peer-reviewed scheme that promotes...

Fosters announced as caterers at The Box, Plymouth

Authored by Mary

The Box, Plymouth’s new museum and gallery opening in spring 2020, has appointed well-respected Bristol-based catering company Fosters to lead its food and beverage offer.

Fosters will operate The Box Kitchen & Bar, with a high-quality offer that includes locally inspired menus, a great breakfast selection, afternoon teas, Sunday roasts, children’s food and a destination evening...