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Care packages filled with essential items for parents of premature or sick babies have been donated to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by a couple whose son died at four days old. Charity Louie’s Helping Hand was set up by Matt and Bexy Corbett, from Exeter, in memory of their son Louie, who was born 15 weeks early and died four days later. Following their experience, Matt and Bexy decided they wanted to produce boxes full of essential items for parents whose baby were being transferred to another hospital or moved to a neonatal unit. Donations like these help…

A Honiton supermarket is showing its support for Hospiscare’s coffee morning appeal by donating raffle prizes. Honiton Tesco has donated two £50 vouchers to Hospiscare for coffee morning-themed hampers up for grabs. Hospiscare’s community fundraising team will be at Honiton Tesco on Friday, February 14, Thursday, February 20 and the following day, February 21, from 8.30am until 11.30am, with help, advice and ‘bags of enthusiasm’ to support those organising coffee mornings for the charity. I have seen first-hand how the money raised from this event can support local people with terminal illnesses… March is Hospiscare’s official coffee morning month. Last…

Plans for 59 retirement apartments and an office block off Salterton Road in Exmouth have been unanimously panned by town councillors. Civic leaders tonight (Monday) blasted proposals for the four-storey ‘extra care’ facility – exclusively for over-70s – earmarked for a plot next to Tesco. They also branded the inclusion of a two-floor employment space a ‘token’ gesture. “I propose refusal and I propose we always refuse this until something gets built on that site which gives young people a future in this town, not old people a place to go and die,” said Councillor Frank Cullis. He added: “I…

“When you see a massive wall of water heading towards you while on a train you do think s**t, oh dear,” A train passenger from Exmouth has shared video footage filmed moments before a huge wave smashed into the carriage, breaking a window. Darryl Nicholas, of Salterton Road, last Thursday was travelling on Great Western Railway’s (GWR) 10:57 GMT service from Exmouth to Paignton, when waves smashed a window, injuring a passenger, as the train approached Dawlish. Darryl said he saw smoke in the carriage after the windows broke, and heard passengers discussing how to escape. It was clearly high…

An animal charity based in Sidmouth has donated £10,000 to feed and water donkeys in drought-hit and fire-ravaged Australia. The Donkey Sanctuary’s one-off donation was made in response to an urgent request for help from The Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary (GSDS), which is running out of food for its animals because of drought and bushfires. The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth agreed to pay for 21 tons of barley straw and fund two weekly water collections until the end of April 2020. Simon Pope, spokesman at The Donkey Sanctuary, said: “We have all seen the utterly heart-breaking scenes unfolding in Australia…

Sidmouth will next week become the first place in the UK to trial a glass flood shield next to a shingle beach. As part of work to progress the Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan, a temporary glass splash defence test panel will be installed sometime next week, January 20, on top of Sidmouth’s existing sea wall, mid-way between the York Street and Fore Street road junctions. The glass panel will for three months, until April, be exposed to the elements to see if it is a sufficiently robust form of flood defence for Sidmouth, said East Devon District Council…

Exmouth’s mayor was seen jumping for joy when he celebrated the opening a new kids’ park in Withycombe Raleigh. Cllr Steve Gazzard on Thursday morning was spotted trying out a trampoline installed at Redgates play area following £100,000 worth of improvements by the district council. East Devon District Council (EDDC) worked closely with Exmouth youngsters to design the new-look park. EDDC said it included all that was requested from the children. It said a castle and pirate theme makes the play area unique across the district. Some of the children now playing on the equipment can say that they helped…

Budleigh Salterton Lions Club presented Exmouth RNLI with more than £1000 from a beach collection at December’s festive dip. Exmouth RNLI said the donation of £1169 would help fund training and equipment for the volunteer lifeboat crew. The Lions said the club hopes to make the donation annually after Budleigh’s Christmas Day swim. The club presented the cheque to Exmouth RNLI on Tuesday evening, January 14, at the Dog and Donkey, Knowle. Peter Holmes, president of Budleigh Salterton Lions Club, said: “It’s been another great pleasure for Budleigh Salterton Lions to raise funds for Exmouth RNLI at our town’s Christmas…

A lifesaving defibrillator has been donated to disabled adults from Exmouth by an East Devon business championing a cardiac arrest awareness charity. Staff at Greendale Farm Shop, on the Sidmouth Road, near Farringdon, presented a defibrillator to Exmouth Gateway Club, a friendship group for adults with learning disabilities, to highlight the work of Jays Aim, a charity raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in the young. The lifesaving equipment will be carried on Exmouth Gateway Club’s minibus, which the group uses to transport its football team to matches, and for group residential trips. After finding out about the Exmouth Tiger…

A low energy high design seafront development in Seaton has won double recognition in the International Property Awards. The property has been named Best Apartment Devon for its penthouse and Best Sustainable Residential Development in the UK. It is the first multi-block development in the UK to be certified as Passivhaus Plus. Mike Webb, Seaton Beach managing director, said: “To be recognised by our industry peers for our Passivhaus apartment block is a great honour.  “Not many UK developers build to this standard from Germany – now over 30 years old and globally recognised. “We could have taken the traditional…

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