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Hospiscare van being loaded with Christmas Trees

Exeter’s Christmas Trees raise over £5,000 for Hospiscare

Hospiscare vans and volunteers were out in force last weekend collecting over 500 Christmas Trees across the city.

Exeter residents were able to have their tree collected in exchange for a donation and the initiative raised over £5,000 for the local charity that cares for people who have been given a terminal diagnosis.

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Over £10,000 raised for charity in four months

Authored by Exeter School
Posted: Tue, 01/15/2019 - 8:11am

Exeter School pupils and staff are celebrating a successful first term of fundraising with the news that over £10,000 has been raised for charity in one term.

Each year a committee of Sixth Form representatives selects three charities for the school to support during the course of the academic year. For the autumn term, pupils chose Rowcroft Hospice, an independent charity providing a wide range of specialist palliative care services for people and their families with progressive life-limiting illnesses in South Devon. The Senior School mufti day raised £1,325 for this charity.

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Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:37am

Hospiscare is starting 2019 with a new leader at the helm. Peter Brennan has taken on the role of Chief Executive Officer for the local charity after former CEO Glynis Atherton retired at the end of last year. The charity which provides end of life care for patients and their families in Exeter, Mid and East Devon needs to raise an annual sum of £7 million to care for the growing local population.

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Authored by Mark Stevens
Posted: Sun, 01/13/2019 - 8:03pm

Rob Baxter’s Exeter Chiefs will use this week to ready themselves for a straight shoot-out with one of European Rugby’s top guns, Munster, to see who will advance out of Pool Two in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup.

With their aspirations seriously faltering after three rounds of battle, Devon’s finest have recorded back-to-back, bonus point victories against Gloucester and Castres to give themselves a more than fighting chance.

Just four points separate leaders Munster and the Chiefs heading into the final round of action next weekend.

Work being carried out at Exmouth’s Warren View Sports Ground as part of pioneering sports hub proposals

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 01/13/2019 - 12:55pm

Investigation work is being carried out at Exmouth’s Warren View Sports Ground by East Devon’s contractor Geotechnics Limited over the next few weeks to give reassurance that the site is suitable for all-weather pitches and other multi-sport facilities.

East Devon District Council is working with the Devon-based charity Exeter CITY Community Trust to develop a pioneering sports hub at the Ground, which is one of a number of sports and recreation sites owned and protected by the council in Exmouth and across the district.

Make a date to join the Race for Life in Exeter

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 01/13/2019 - 10:07am

PEOPLE in Exeter are being encouraged to get January off to a great start by making a date to join Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

As an added incentive, there’s 30% off entry fees* during January with the code RFL30.

This year, for the first time, Cancer Research UK is inviting everyone in the area – women, men and children - to join the Race for Life. There are events for people of all ages and abilities taking place at Westpoint Exeter on 20 – 21 July. 

Get an insight into careers in the community at one of the RD&E Open Days in January

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 01/12/2019 - 11:24am

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust are holding three open days throughout January to encourage people to consider a career in the community.

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Libraries Unlimited chief executive receives Honorary Doctorate

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 01/11/2019 - 11:09pm

Ciara Eastell, Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, has received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University of Sheffield.

Ciara, who heads up the Devon-based charity that is responsible for running Devon and Torbay Libraries, studied librarianship at the University’s Information School in 1994. Since graduating, she has worked as a librarian in Gateshead, Somerset and Cambridgeshire before joining Devon’s library service in 2008.

Access to two city centre car parks is changing

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 01/11/2019 - 3:26pm

Access to two city centre car parks is changing later this month to facilitate highways works necessary for the redevelopment of Exeter Bus Station.

From Thursday 24 January, vehicles will no longer be able to access the main Princesshay car park and the Princesshay 3 Broadwalk House car park from Paris Street.

Instead, access will be from Southernhay, via Magdalen Street and Southernhay West, or Western Way and Barnfield Road.

Vehicles will continue to be able to exit via Paris Street.

Access to Princesshay 2 Dix’s Field car park is unaffected.

Charity's year gets off to a tee thanks to golf club

Authored by Marc Astley
Posted: Fri, 01/11/2019 - 1:14pm

Teign Valley Golf Club has chosen Exeter Dementia Action Alliance as its Charity of the Year for 2019.

Gina Awad, Lead of the Alliance said: “I was delighted to meet everyone and share our community work with Teign Valley Golf Club. We received a very warm welcome and very much look forward to collaborating with them."

The Exeter Dementia Action Alliance empowers and inspires organisations and businesses to raise awareness and deliver dementia-friendly services for people living with dementia and their families.

Fast-growing suicide bereavement charity Pete's Dragons appeals for trustees

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Posted: Fri, 01/11/2019 - 10:32am

A fast-growing charity that supports suicide bereaved families is appealing for new trustees to help shape its bright future.
Award-winning Pete’s Dragons, which has received national and international recognition, is on the lookout for volunteers to join its board as it continues to expand ‘exponentially’.

The Exmouth-based charity supports families and individuals across Devon and also provides market-leading suicide prevention training around the country and abroad. 

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