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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...




Plymouth man wins £85,000 Nissan GT-R a week before Christmas

Authored by Mary

A self-proclaimed car lover has struck gold this week after winning a top-of-the-range Nissan GT-R worth £85,000 thanks to dream car competition, BOTB.

Craig Vrettos from Plymouth was surprised on Tuesday morning by BOTB presenter Christian Williams.

“I couldn’t really believe it to be honest,” said Craig. “I’ve been close to winning before but wasn’t sure if I ever would.”...

More than 7,000 people in the South West are homeless, with others at risk

Authored by Mary

The number of people recorded as homeless in the South West has reached 7,127, new figures from Shelter have revealed.

Shelter’s extensive analysis of official rough-sleeping and temporary accommodation figures shows the picture of homelessness in the region has not improved since 2016, when the charity first published its landmark annual report.

For the first time, the charity...

Dartmoor Zoo’s ‘otterly inseparable’ pair welcome four new pups

Authored by Lily Geary

…and local businesses have the chance to name them

Conservation charity, Dartmoor Zoo, has welcomed four healthy otter pups to its community. The zoo is now calling on local businesses to come forward and sponsor a pup to help name the babies and contribute towards the new enclosure which will accommodate the otter family.

Parents Jasmin and Matty, Dartmoor Zoo’s resident Asian...

Successful charity year for SSG!

Authored by Mary

The team at SSG Training and Consultancy have had a great year of charity work, raising a huge total of £450 for their three charities: Devon Air Ambulance Trust, RNLI and Children’s Hospice South West.

On top of chosen fundraising events, they’ve taken part in a variety of organised events for great causes and sponsored local teams and individuals.

Fundraising events in 2019...

Students joined by families and friends to celebrate success

Authored by Mary

City College Plymouth recognised the achievements of some of its students at a special ceremony on Thursday 12 December.

Joined by family and friends, the prize winners enjoyed a two-course meal before being presented with their Student of the Term awards. A total of 17 prizes were handed out on the night to a group of deserving students, all of whom have shown outstanding commitment...

Mark Master Masons £8k presentation to Friends & Families of Special Children

Authored by Mary

Friends & Families of Special Children (Plymouth) is a charity unique to Plymouth, providing information, support and services for families with disabled children, many of whom describe the organisation as ‘a life saver’ said Kay O’Shaugnessy Founder and Chair of Trustees, when we met her and other members of the team at Virginia House recently.

Rt.W.Bro Peter Balsom, the...

The Ultimate Tyre Guide

Authored by Mike Page

Understanding what your tyres need to keep them in good condition can make all the difference between crashing your car and avoiding a hazard on the road. Poorly maintained tyres are much more dangerous than ones which are in good condition. So, if you want to keep yourself safe – not to mention your passengers, of course – when you are on the road, then read on to find out what you need to...

Could redistributing the Houses of Parliament refurb budget solve the housing crisis in Plymouth?

Authored by Sarah Parker

A new study from development finance specialists, Pure Commercial Finance, has revealed that using the £4bn that is to be spent on refurbishing the Houses of Parliament on the housing deficit, could improve the housing crisis in Plymouth by 46%.

The total funding of £4bn could, if matched, build 40,000 new properties, based on the average cost of building a 3-bedroom house being £99,...

Winners of the Rotary Club of Plymouth Young Artist of the Year competition 2019

Authored by plymouthcollegeofart

Duru Tanir from Plymouth College and Ashlyn Watts and Isobel Battley from Devonport High School for Girls have each been awarded first prize for their respective age groups in a ceremony held at Plymouth College of Art for the Rotary Club of Plymouth’s Young Artist of the Year 2019 competition.

For the second year running, thanks goes to The Clemas Trust, as students from the Quay...

Hospital Christmas craft fair raises around £700 for local charity

Authored by Mary

Hand crafted gifts created by patients and members of staff at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre and sold at the hospital’s Christmas craft fair, have raised around £700 in aid of hospital’s chosen charity, Improving Lives Plymouth.

Mark White, Hospital Director at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, commented: “This is the second Christmas craft fair we have hosted, and this year’s has been...