Christmas bake-along with British Bake Off finalist Jane Beedle

Authored by Mary

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...

Devon Air Ambulance urges you to shop ‘Second Hand’ this Christmas

Authored by Mary

As Black Friday approaches, retailers are enthusiastically enticing bargain-hunters to shop flash sales and pre-Christmas clearance deals.

Devon Air Ambulance is reminding those that love an online shop for good deals on Friday 27 November that it is not only Black Friday, it is also ‘Buy Nothing New Day’; an opportunity to support hundreds of charities that also have online shopping...

497 incidents in Devon last Christmas, as RSPCA braces for toughest year yet

Authored by Mary

Charity launches new Christmas campaign - Join the Christmas Rescue - as it reveals it took in more than 7000 animals last winter and received more than 2000 calls about cruelty and neglect a day

The RSPCA is bracing itself for the toughest Christmas yet as the charity fears the financial strain from the Coronavirus pandemic could mean a rise in pets being abandoned and neglected....

Devon Air Ambulance invites supporters to share Christmas Wishes and festive messages

Authored by Mary

During the year Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) receives many messages of thanks and appreciation for their aircrew and medical teams, not just from grateful patients, but also from the friends and family members of those that needed theservice. As part of the 2020 There to Care Christmas Appeal, DAA is inviting supporters toleave a Christmas wish or a festive message for loved ones. These may be...

Riley Jayne Home This Christmas

How you can help a local singer and mental health charity Devon Mind bring the community together this Christmas

Authored by Devon Mind

Mental health charity Devon Mind is proud to have teamed up with a renowned local singer-songwriter to launch ‘Home This Christmas’ , a campaign which seeks to bring the community together and help people feel less isolated during this unique and challenging holiday season.

The lead-up to Christmas can be one of the hardest and loneliest times of the year for many people, including...

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...

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...

Another Stirring Success for local adoption charity

Authored by News Desk

The festive season kicked off on Stir Up Sunday on a Saturday this year for local charity Families for Children. Over 30 adopted children were invited to ‘stir up’ some Christmas puddings with charity Patrons, Michael Caines MBE and Judi Spiers.

Stir Up Sunday is traditionally the day for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding, whilst making a wish....

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...

When to call 999 this Christmas

Authored by Mary

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is urging people only to call 999 this Christmas if someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.

Demand for the ambulance service is likely to peak over the next two weeks when staff are expecting to respond to more than 3,000 calls a day.

Paramedics and Control Room staff warn that unnecessary...