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Plymouth team helps children receive free breakfasts at home as some families experience food insecurity during COVID-19 lockdown

Authored by Mary

Three quarters of a million healthy breakfasts are set for delivery to doorsteps of thousands of children across the UK, supported by the team at Amazon in Plymouth as part of an expanded partnership with Magic Breakfast

Breakfast packs containing food supplies from Arla, Heinz, Kellogg's, Morrisons, New York Bakery Co and Quaker Oats UK will be delivered for free directly to...

Fashion Eyeware offer free glasses for NHS heroes

Authored by News Desk

With the high street closed, our frontline workers have fewer options to service their eyewear needs right now - needs that play a vital part in performing their daily jobs. Still operating all prescription services as normal, Fashion Eyewear want to help those making an immense sacrifice for our country and express their gratitude by offering our NHS heroes a pair of prescription, reading or...

Builder acts to support youth drama group

Authored by Sarah

A drama group for young people with disabilities in Devon and Cornwall has been granted £1,000 from a regional builder’s fund supporting under 18s.

Drama Express has been gifted the funds from Persimmon Homes Cornwall’s Building Futures initiative.

The group enables young people with complex disabilities the unique opportunity to access the performing arts through workshops and...

South West patients part of global remdesivir drugs trial for Covid-19

Authored by Mary

Plymouth researchers are thanking local patients who have taken part in a clinical trial of the antiviral drug remdesivir in the treatment of coronavirus. Remdesivir was recently approved by the NHS to treat COVID-19: the first drug to be licensed for this use in the UK .

The trial took place at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, part of a global study across North America and Europe....

Work starts on new culvert for Forder Valley Link Road

Authored by News Desk

Work to install a new 160-metre culvert in the Forder Valley gets underway this week.

The new culvert, which will carry the Bircham stream and lead to an ecology pond, is one of the environmental improvements being made as part of the Forder Valley Link Road scheme.

It will look more like a natural water channel than the existing culvert and includes an extra ledge to help...

Businesses to get on their eCargo bikes

Authored by Mary

Bikes for wholesome food deliveries, kit carriers for beekeepers and photographers - more eCargo bikes will be on our roads, thanks to a scheme led by Plymouth City Council.

A total of 22 businesses will be getting on their bikes to deliver goods and services later this year as they have all been awarded a £4,750 grant towards the cost of the eCargo bikes.

They are robust,...

All donkeys great and small find their sanctuary in Devon

Authored by Mary

A group of seven donkeys comprising of one of the largest breeds, and one of the smallest, have been relinquished into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon.

Due to a change in their owner’s circumstances, the three large Poitou donkeys, and four Mediterranean Miniature donkeys were taken into the care of the international animal welfare charity and will now have a home for life...

Street Factory keeping the community connected during COVID crisis

Authored by Else

Plymouth-based social collective Street Factory is delighted to have received funding from Devon Community Foundation which the team will use to keep members of its community digitally connected in this time of social distancing.

The funding/grant of £7,300 has already been used directly to purchase laptops, iPads, tutorials and mentoring on digital skills, all of which will be...

Concerns raised over anti-social behaviour on Dartmoor

Authored by Mary

As the warm weather continues and lockdown restrictions are eased, Dartmoor Rangers have seen a rise in irresponsible and abusive behaviour as people visit the National Park.

Barbeques and open fires, despite the high fire risk, piles of discarded rubbish including discarded barbeques, parking blocking people’s drives and farm gates, social distancing forgotten, are just a few of the...

New coalition administration confirmed for East Devon District Council

Authored by Mary

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has a new administration following an extraordinary meeting of the council today. (Friday 29 May)

The meeting was reconvened this morning following technical issues with the council’s YouTube channel last night.

The Democratic Alliance group, the largest group on the council, has formed a coalition with the Independent Progressive group to...