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A trio of challenges in memory of a much-loved ‘petrol-head’ dad who died from Covid-19 will raise funds for a charity based in Honiton. Mum-of-three Kelly Lawson, aged 42, of St Leonards, in Exeter, is gearing up for a busy spring in aid of the Devon Freewheelers when she tackles her own Challenge 62, as a tribute to dad David Meyer, from Chelston, in Torquay, who died from coronavirus in March 2020. Married Kelly, an accountant, will celebrate her 62-year-old dad’s life by swimming, running and cycling during April and May, in what she expects to be an emotional and poignant…

A men’s friendship group in Beer is gearing up to expand thanks to scooping council funding to build a bigger building. Beer Men’s Shed has been awarded £6,500 from East Devon District Council and £1,000 from Devon County Council to reach its £20,000 crowdfunding target. The community project, which began its fundraising in December 2020, aims to start building its new workshop in April 2021. Chris Pickles, Beer Men’s Shed chairman, said: “The increasing number of men who want to join in a Men’s Shed, together with the impact of lockdowns and self-isolation, mean that there has never been a…

A Christmas raffle for retired residents living at an Ottery St Mary development has raised funds for Hospiscare. Residents living at Tumbling Weir Court raised £50 for Hopsicare buying tickets to win a host of prizes, including a festive hamper, wine and chocolates donated by local businesses. The money raised helped fund Christmas dinner for Hospiscare families while their loved-ones received care at the hospice. Toni Hiscox, East Devon Hospiscare community fundraiser, announced the winners, presenting Mr and Mrs Dean with the festive hamper. Toni said: “Last year was full of unprecedented challenges, so it was really important that we…

Businesses from across East Devon and Exeter teamed up to make the ‘difference-of-a-lifetime’, raising £14,500 for Hospiscare. During December more than 20 firms and traders rose to the challenge set by the charity to make a difference to families facing terminal illness over the holiday period. Hospiscare thanked the 24 businesses who signed up to the charity’s 12 Days of Care campaign, where firms sponsored a period of care on the hospice ward. Ruth Wills, Hospiscare nurse and ward manager, said: “The holidays really have the power to bring happiness and to give people the chance to make memories to…

A dedicated police worker from Exmouth – who’s played a key role in the national Covid-19 response – has been made an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours. Staff Officer Lindy Woodage has been awarded the accolade for her work supporting the UK in times of crisis over many years. Her royal recognition is for services to policing and civil contingency planning – particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. I feel privileged to work for the police service, love what I do, and it is a great honour to be recognised – Exmouth resident Lindy Woodage MBE Exmouth resident and Devon…

Baby Harry gave home delivery a new meaning when the tot took ten minutes to arrive, surprising his Seaton parents. Earlier this month Ellie Walker, aged 31, and husband Sam, 30, had a special delivery when their baby boy was born minutes before the emergency services could arrive. The two-week overdue baby put in appearance and was delivered by dad shortly after Ellie went into labour suddenly at their Pebble Beach estate home. Ellie said: “We were planning a home birth, and I was two weeks over due, but things escalated very quickly when I finally went into labour. “My…

Honiton Scouts presented certificates to shopkeepers in the town after the youngsters held a Christmas window display competition. Festive fun has been at the forefront of the scouts’ December meetings as the youngsters took part in a host of Christmas activities. Card and wreath making activities, judging festive shop displays, plus dreaming up new ice cream flavours and making new laws as part of UK Parliament Week, have kept the youngster busy in the lead-up to Christmas. Helen Turner, 1st Honiton Scout Group leader, said the youngsters ‘loved’ the annual tradition of judging the town’s Christmas windows. She said: “We…

A big-hearted business is to deliver free Christmas dinners to elderly, vulnerable and lonely residents in Ottery St Mary tomorrow (December 25). Otter Garden Centre has come up with the scheme after the town’s famous annual festive meal could not take place because of the Covid-19 pandemic. With this small gesture we hope that the most vulnerable and lonely in our community will know that we are thinking of them – Otter Garden Centre MD Jacqui TaylorMD Jacqui Taylor and her team of willing helpers want to make sure no-one in the community will go hungry on the big day.…

Christmas community spirit smashed an Ottery St Mary fundraising drive to give a much-needed boost to end-of-life care charity Hospiscare. The Rusty Pig’s Ho Ho Hospiscare draw, which aimed to raise £500 for the charity, collected more than £2,000 for the cause after the community rallied in support. Businesses piled on extra prizes as the total topped all expectations, and the draw raised £2,300. Robin Rea, Rusty Pig owner, said: “With times being hard for so many, we are incredibly grateful for the generosity shown by the local community.” Toni Hiscocks, local Hospiscare fundraiser, said: “Thank you so much to…

‘It has been the hardest thing I have ever done’ – An Exmouth charity champion’s year of challenges to fundraise for Honiton-based charity has ended in success with a 73-mile overnight walk. Mum-of-one Tanya Robinson, of Bradham Lane, Withycombe Raleigh, on Wednesday (December 16) ended a year of muddy run fun, climbs and cycling, with a final 24-hour hike from North Devon to Honiton, in aid of the Blood Bikes charity, Devon Freewheelers. Tanya, who is married to Devon Freewheelers volunteer Jim, said her final challenge, walking from Baggy Point, Croyde, to the charity’s headquarters in Honiton, left her feeling…

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