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A 40-year-old tortoise in Exeter has become a local shell-ebrity after residents rallied to keep him in lettuce during lockdown. Noddy the tortoise was at risk of running out of salad and dandelion leaves when his owner Madelin Bexon, who is self-isolating in Pinhoe, put out a community call for help. Now Noddy’s family has launched the Tortoise Project, challenging children to grow lettuce at home and learn more about the reptiles. Helping to deliver Noddy’s favourite food was nearby neighbour, Tess, aged 10, who was one of a host of volunteers dropping off food parcels to those isolating in…

A firefighter brought the landmarks of London to Sidmouth when he tackled a marathon with a difference during lockdown. The London Eye, Shard, The Gherkin, Tower Bridge and Cutty Sark appeared at the Manstone Recreation Ground when Allan Kay, 46, ran his alternative London Marathon in Sidmouth, in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity. Married Allan lapped past painted pictures of London busses and black cabs, a jar of Lidl gherkins, the Cutty Sark made from a full-size surf board, and a bicycle wheel London Eye for his 26.2 challenge of laps around the pitch. His alternative 26.2 lap ‘marathon’…

Poltimore held a social distancing street party to commemorate VE Day and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe. Families in Poltimore hung red, white and blue bunting, balloons and flags outside their homes and gathered in their own gardens to hold tea parties, as the village came together to mark the milestone, while keeping apart. The Jack Buchanan song Everything Stops for Tea could be heard through the village as tables and chairs were set up at the end of drives and at garden gates, for a street party with a difference. Across East…

A team of cancer specialists from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has raised more than £7,000 for charity by completing laps of the Wonford site – equalling almost 800 miles. Some 86 people took part in the challenge to run or walk two-kilometre circuits around the perimeter of the RD&E last week, before and after work, and during their breaks. They were raising money for FORCE Cancer Charity, (Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre, Exeter), which continues to support local people affected by cancer during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown – and paying to deliver chemotherapy in Honiton twice…

Carers at a children’s hospice in Windsor are among frontline workers to praise an Exmouth Community College tutor who produced hundreds of PPE visors to protect medics and care staff amid the coronavirus crisis. Kris Greaves, engineering and design tutor at Exmouth Community College (ECC), has spent lockdown making hundreds of plastic face shields from his school design workshop, to protect NHS workers, carers and key workers from COVID-19. Mr Greaves said he was proud to have played his part keeping medics and carers safe during the pandemic. The tutor has been coming into work at weekends, making more than…

An Exmouth-based football club which gives disabled players a shot at sporting glory has netted £2,000 to help it survive the coronavirus pandemic. Sport England has awarded the sum to the Exmouth Tigers in National Lottery cash from its Community Emergency Fund. The cash will allow the club to keep going, continue to lease its multi-adaptable minibus, and ensure its members extra support and guidance through the virus crisis.  Chairman Paul Baldwin said: “This very generous grant of £2,000 from Sport England will ensure that Exmouth Tigers will be able to carry on providing support and football for our disabled…

An animal sanctuary based in Sidmouth is celebrating becoming the first equine charity to join the United Nations to improve the lives of working donkeys in mountain areas. The Donkey Sanctuary has been accepted into the United Nations’ (UN) Mountain Partnership, where the charity will find new ways of promoting the health and welfare of working equids. The move means the charity, based in East Devon, will now work with international governments, organisations and private sectors with the aim of improving the lives of mountain people and protecting their global environments. The charity said membership of the Mountain Partnership, which…

Vulnerable NHS patients needing urgent cancer surgery or other vital treatments in Devon amid the coronavirus crisis are being seen at the private hospital, Nuffield Health Exeter. The team at Nuffield Health Exeter has agreed with The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust to support vulnerable patients in need of urgent treatment for a variety of conditions during the pandemic. Nuffield Health Exeter is providing its facilities for patients requiring urgent surgery for cancer and other serious health conditions, including cardiology. The hospital is also running an infusion clinic to ensure NHS patients can continue their regular treatments to…

Exeter residents are being encouraged to have a ‘picnic in their parlour’ on May 8 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. There had been a raft of plans in Exeter to mark 75 years since the Allied victory in Europe during the Second World War, but they were cancelled because of the coronavirus lockdown. Exeter City Council hopes residents will organise their own events at home, holding a picnic in their parlour, to celebrate a day that ended the conflict in Europe which led to the end of the Second World War. The council is asking people to…

Budleigh Salterton Library is giving away £100 to the winner of a short story writing competition as the service offers a virtual branch during lockdown. A competition for children has also been announced, where youngsters aged from three to 12 years old are invited to draw a picture, or write a story or poem, about an animal to win handmade toy book mice. A top prize of £100 can be won by writing the middle of a short story created by crime fiction writer, Graham Hurley, who lives in Exmouth. There is a runner-up prize of £50. Although closed because…

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