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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...

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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Countryside campaigner CPRE Devon flags up concerns over plans for a huge new solar farm near Barnstaple

Authored by sharon goble

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Devon) is urging its members in North Devon and other interested parties in the area to attend a public exhibition next week to find out about plans for a massive solar installation to the south-west of Barnstaple.

CPRE Devon has learnt that Bristol-based Aura Power is considering developing a huge new solar farm on a site...

All creatures great and very, very small

Authored by Paigntonzoo

This is an Nguru spiny pygmy chameleon. It’s just a few centimetres long. What could it possibly have in common with a black rhino? The answer is – Wild Planet Trust. The charity behind Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts and Newquay Zoo carries out conservation work in Tanzania, home to both species.

This minute chameleon - a species new to Paignton Zoo and sadly not yet on show to guests –...

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...

Thousands of meals donated by Plymouth Tesco shoppers this Christmas

Authored by Sarah Parker

Thousands of meals have been donated to food banks and groups feeding people, thanks to the generosity of Tesco’s Plymouth shoppers, figures released today reveal.

Plymouth shoppers donated 14,062 meals as part of the overall total of 2.5 million meals donated to charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare by shoppers during last month’s Tesco Food Collection, with Tesco topping up...

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...

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...

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...

Festive food fun with Santa

Authored by Paigntonzoo

They say you shouldn’t play with your food – but at Living Coasts this Christmas, that’s exactly what kids are being encouraged to do. The coastal zoo’s Breakfast with Santa event features food, presents – and penguins.

Living Coasts spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “Children get a pancake to decorate. They can choose from things like banana, strawberries, chocolate drops, cream and...

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