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Curious kids who stop and stare at a wheelechair user in Exmouth are encouraged to ask questions instead of being silenced by embarrassed parents. Dad-of-two Adam Miller, who was born with rare neurological Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, has had enough of being a ‘zoo animal’ and wants to end the stigma of disability. Married Adam, aged 47, of Park Way, Exmouth, said brushing the subject under the carpet must stop. Someone suggested I put a sign up. I am not a zoo animal. They can come up and talk to me and I will tell them why I am in a wheelchair…He…

Full firefighting kit and breathing apparatus was worn by Budleigh Salterton’s crew taking on a 50-mile challenge to boost prostate cancer awareness funds. Budleigh firefighters on Saturday, January 25, took turns to walk or run on a treadmill at the town’s fire station, for Prostate Cancer UK. The day raised £530 for the cause after the crew spent 12 hours and 20 minutes completing the challenge. Budleigh’s challenge was to show support for recently-retired Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Exeter division group manager, Graham Rooms, who was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. The firefighting family across Devon and…

A main roundabout could be given a maritime makeover – with a trio of eight-feet-high steel sculptures – in a bid to net Exmouth national glory. The ambitious vision for the Parade has been proposed with the town set to represent the South West in the Britain in Bloom contest this summer. Exmouth in Bloom says it hopes to create something ‘really spectacular’ – and has called on the community to support the scheme. Time is running by to get this project off the ground. We are working really hard to do something really spectacular – Marion Drew of Exmouth…

Irreplaceable family keepsakes have been stolen along with a purse pinched from an Exmouth pensioner’s bag as she shopped in Budleigh Salterton. Janice Rainbird, 66, of Ashleigh Road, Withycombe Raleigh, is desperate for the safe return of a photograph of her mum, who died in 2006, and a special coin given to her by her dad, who died in 2005. Janice’s family is appealing to the purse thief to post the photo and coin through the letterbox at Grooming Marvellous, at Littleham Cross, where granddaughter Kellishea works, saying ‘no questions asked’. There weren’t many photos of my nan. This was…

A scheme to protect 154 Sidmouth properties from flooding – which doubles as a public amphitheatre – has moved a step closer to becoming a reality. The bid at Knowle has been backed by district planning chiefs – despite them saying it will ‘adversely affect’ the parkland and result in the loss of mature trees. But the authority says it does not object to the project as the need to safeguard 86 homes and 68 other properties ‘offsets’ any other concerns. The proposal would change the character of the site, adversely affecting its historic parkland character and would result in…

Over the years, I have written countless stories about brave, inspirational people who have taken on cancer and won. I have also covered a few stories about people who weren’t so lucky. I never thought that, one day, I’d be fighting cancer myself. On Thursday I got the news I had been dreading – but it wasn’t a complete shock. Like many people waiting for biopsy results, I researched the possibilities. In all honestly, there was only one likely outcome – a diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer. It was still hard to hear the news, though. Trust me to get…

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…

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