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Devon Air Ambulance

Because of you… Devon got a new Heli!

The New Year brings with it new and exciting projects and plans for Devon Air Ambulance (DAA). The past year has been challenging in many ways for everyone and the team at DAA certainly met and overcame some significant challenges.

But there have also been many developments, highlights...

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Local Lady spreads Christmas Cheer with 5K Santa Space Hop!

Lots of people are undertaking sponsored Santa Runs and charity fundraising activities this Christmas, but one resident of Appledore, is going the extra mile to ensure the 'fun' is definitely present in her fundraising.

At 11am on Saturday 19 December, Humanimal Trust supporter Tracy Nicholson plans to complete a 5km distance dressed as Santa on her space hopper, to raise awareness...

River Island urges Devon shoppers to support disabled children's charity

Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children has been chosen as the charity which will benefit from River Island’s festive fundraising this year, meaning a huge boost to families needing specialist equipment across the UK.

River Island has supported Newlife from the beginning of its journey 30 years ago and continues to show support after a difficult year for the charity by inviting...

Devon Air Ambulance launch 12 Gifts of Christmas

After the most challenging year operationally and financially, Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) needs your help more than ever before.

As part of its Caring This Christmas campaign DAA have launched its ’12 Gifts of Christmas’ video, featuring 12 great ways you can pledge your support this Christmas.

Sally Hilton, Head of Fundraising at Devon Air Ambulance explains: “It’s fair to...

Santa has got his trainers at the ready

Santas get ready to rock it like Rudolph for children's hospices

Children’s Hospice South West’s (CHSW) annual Santas on the Run event is back but not as you know it! Taking place over the weekend of the 11-13 December, supporters will be able to choose their distance, route and their festive dress.

The annual festive fundraiser usually takes place at RHS Garden Rosemoor in North Devon, on Bristol Harbourside and at Cornwall's Eden Project but the...

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Elf Sparkle Cycle Day for brain tumour charity

Garden centre fundraiser in memory of former Santa Express driver

Team members at Otter Garden Centre in Ottery St Mary are rallying round with a seasonal fundraiser in memory of their colleague Rob Gillingham.

Sadly Rob, described by colleagues as a kind, lovely man, passed away from a brain tumour earlier this year. He was well known for his annual stint as the popular Santa...

Santas on a Bike will be a little different this year but keep an eye out between 4 - 6 December

Santas swap sleighs for bikes

Over the weekend of 4 – 6 December motorbike lovers across the South West are being asked to don their festive attire and take part in Santas on a Bike to raise vital funds for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) and its children’s hospices; Little Bridge House in north Devon, Charlton Farm in Somerset and Little Harbour in St Austell.

Santas on a Bike is an annual festive fundraiser...

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Comedian Jo Brand urges people in Devon to express themsELVES for Elf Day

It’s been a tough year for many, but Alzheimer’s Society supporter and stand-up comedian Jo Brand is determined to help spread some festive cheer.

Jo wants people across the South West – where more than 92,510 people are living with dementia – to pop on a pair of elf ears, pull up their festive tights and shake a leg in some jolly jingle-bell slippers on Elf Day to raise some much-...

Mama Bear’s children support Children in Need with lockdown-friendly fun

Children at Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-Schools across Devon have had to get creative with their Children in Need fundraising efforts this year in order to abide by coronavirus rules.

Instead of the usual bake sales, raffles, teddy bear picnics and spare change collections, the tots have enjoyed pyjama days, crazy hair days, bear hunts and Pudsey crafts to mark the important...

ReadAlong with RNIB! Charity calls for children in the South West to help set Guinness World Records title

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is calling for families in the South West to take part in a giant virtual reading event next month.

The charity hopes that the event will break a world record to highlight the need for more positive representations of disability in children’s literature.

To take part, families will need to read the RNIB’s reimagining of a...

Christmas bake-along with British Bake Off finalist Jane Beedle

Kent-based charity Tree of Hope is holding a festive online Bake-along with Bake Off Series 7 finalist Jane Beedle, who also won the Christmas Bake Off special in 2018.

Jane, who lives in Faversham, has supported Tree of Hope for several years with The Cook Book, a Summer bake-along and other fundraising events.

During the online Bake-along which takes place on Wednesday...