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Charity mascot Harold the Giraffe posts daily diary following school closures to help keep Devon’s children healthy and happy

Authored by sharon goble

The animal mascot of South West children’s charity Life Education Wessex has launched a daily blog to give health and wellbeing advice to children in Devon aged 3 to 11, who can’t go to school because of the Coronavirus shutdown.

Harold the Giraffe is the well-known mascot of the national charity, Coram Life Education. A Harold puppet usually accompanies LEW’s specialist educators when...

Learning where bread comes from in one of Britain’s oldest working mills

Authored by Mary

Primary school pupils from North Devon travelled to the east of the county for a lesson in how grain was milled 1,000 years ago.

As a part of their ‘Farm to Fork’ topic, pupils aged between four to six years old, from Umberleigh Primary Academy and Brayford Academy, visited the East Devon village of Otterton where the ancient water-powered mill produces stoneground wholemeal flour in...

Covid-19 – how it affects child contact if you’re a separated parent

Authored by The Family Law Co.

Specialist family lawyer Hannah Porter from The Family Law Company explains what government recommendations about social distancing mean for separated parents deciding whether contact between children and the non-resident parent should go ahead.

Associate Solicitor Hannah says, “We are all now aware of advice regarding staying at home, social distancing. and avoiding any gatherings...

Woman sexually abused as a child says Together for Childhood will help protect children from harm

Authored by News Desk

A woman who was sexually abused as a child has said a new programme of work to help prevent abuse has the power to change the lives of thousands of children, including many across Plymouth.

Emily has been finding out about how by joining forces with one Plymouth community, Together for Childhood is combatting child sexual abuse as part of an innovative programme that could be rolled...

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...

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