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NSPCC launch furry fundraiser as it appeals for Devon businesses to support its Bear Diaries  

Authored by Mary

Businesses in Devon have the chance to recruit a furry helper and raise crucial funds for the NSPCC thanks to its new fundraising initiative.

The children’s charity is launching a unique fundraising opportunity in association with Build-a-Bear in which only a limited number of local businesses will be able to take part.

For a £50 donation, businesses can acquire a temporary...

New trail helps children to notice nature at Cotehele

Authored by Mary

A new outdoor trail at Cotehele, the National Trust property near Saltash in Cornwall, encourages children to notice nature by looking and listening for the different birds found on the estate.

The trail, Bird Bingo, identifies nine birds commonly sighted at Cotehele for children to seek and is filled with interesting facts about the birds and ways children can care for and encourage...

Local schoolchildren help celebrate opening of Loretto Road and Foxhill play areas in Axminster

Authored by Mary

On Tuesday 28 January 2020 children from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Axminster and councillors from East Devon District Council celebrated the opening of the newly refurbished Foxhill and Loretto Road play areas.

A total of £157,000 worth of modern and exciting play equipment – chosen by local youngsters and funded by East Devon - has been installed by the council at these...

Free Pet Workshops across Devon this half-term

Authored by Mary

To help parents keep kids entertained throughout the February half term holidays, Pets at Home is once again offering its fun and free interactive My Pet Pals workshops, every day in stores from 11.30am, plus there’s a free bag of wild bird seed* with every workshop booking.

The woodland themed workshops will be hosted by the friendly and knowledgable pet care advisors and offer fun-...

£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...

Avoid flu – book your child’s vaccination appointment

Authored by Sarah Parker

Amid warnings that new cases of flu could peak over the busy Christmas period, the parents of a nine-year-old boy from Devon who died from the illness in January last year, are calling on parents to vaccinate their children.

The request follows the release of data from Public Health England (PHE), showing that GP consultations across the country for Influenza-like illness have risen...

NSPCC and O2 urge parents to make online safety a New Year's resolution

Authored by Mike Page

The NSPCC and O2 are urging parents to make online safety a priority for their children if they are given smartphones, tablets or games consoles this Christmas.

The advice comes after the charity and mobile network operator found that thousands of parents who have played the O2 NSPCC Parents vs Kids online safety quiz were getting questions about parental controls wrong.

Out...

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...

A sex crime against a child recorded every seven minutes

Authored by Mary

Recorded sexual offences against children have reached an all-time high, data obtained by the NSPCC has revealed.

There were 76,204 recorded offences including rape, grooming and sexual assault against children in the UK in 2018/19 – an average of one every seven minutes.

Analysis of the data also reveals that where age of victim was provided, 16,773 offences were recorded...

Competitions call on Devon's schoolchildren to capture the countryside in pictures and words

Authored by sharon goble

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England has launched its 2019 art and writing competitions for primary schoolchildren - calling on them to use their creativity to capture Devon's coast and countryside.

CPRE Devon's two children's competitions are a fun way to encourage outdoor learning and help youngsters engage with and enjoy the great outdoors. There...

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