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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…

Police and emergency workers in Devon and Cornwall have revealed how in COVID-19 lockdown they have been spat and coughed at, verbally abused and physically attacked by the public. In the weeks since the coronavirus lockdown began there have been 87 assaults on police officers and a further 12 on other emergency workers, said Devon and Cornwall Police. Police and emergency workers are reminding residents to look beyond the uniform and see the person who has to go home and explain to their family what has happened – that they could have been exposed to coronavirus. Police and the council…

Lockdown loneliness is being tackled through weekly make-your-own-exhibits-at-home – crafty challenges being set by The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) in Exeter. RAAM at Home hopes the challenges will inspire people to get involved, show off their creative skills and share their art work online, to connect with others. The challenges are set every Friday, with the next one launching tomorrow, May 1. Each one is published on the RAMM website or across its social media platforms. The tasks focus on areas of the museum such as Romans, Natural History, Egyptian mummies and World Cultures. Drawing sessions,…

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…

A new short film featuring children calling for immediate action to tackle the climate emergency has been launched on-line by a woman from Axminster. The film, No One Too Small, showcases almost 100 youngsters taking turns to read the words of the Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg. The film was created and produced by Beth Steele, from Axminster, with help from the National Lottery Community Fund. The film had been due to premiere this month at Devon Wildlife Trust visitor centre, Seaton Jurassic, but has been postponed because of the coronavirus. Beth said she hoped the film would be shared,…

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…

A pensioner from Broadclyst is more than halfway through her challenge to walk 100 laps and raise £500 for the village charity helping the elderly. Julie, aged 79, has been steadily walking 100 laps – a total of six miles – with the help of her walker on wheels, raising funds for Clyst Caring Friends. The OAP, who began her charity challenge a week ago, has already completed 62 laps, walking a minimum of five a day, and has so far raised more than £240 through her Go Fund Me page. Clyst Caring Friends provides transport to help patients attend…

An Ottery St Mary businesswoman has turned creative with exercise so she can run a virtual marathon and raise funds for Hospiscare. Laura Saunders, aged 26, opened her boutique gift shop LauryLee, in Broad Street, in January and had been set to hold its first fundraiser at the end of March, in aid of Hospiscare. When the coronavirus lockdown forced her to cancel the event, Laura became determined to fulfil her pledge to run the Exeter marathon in May, so she can continue fundraising for the charity, which faces a loss of at least £1million due to the pandemic. Laura…

Budleigh Salterton has set in stone its thanks to the NHS with a pebble art tribute on the beach. The accolade in praise of frontline NHS workers dealing with the coronavirus has earned applause from passers-by. The design, made entirely from stones, is the creation of Budleigh’s own ‘Banksy’ – beach artist Simon Wood who for several years has wowed visitors with his unique designs. After a break from beach art Simon, of Armytage Road, Budleigh, has been inspired to once again pick up the pebbles – this time echoing national feeling, setting it in stone. The NHS pebble tribute…

An Exmouth man hopes to raise £5,000 for Hospiscare with an online art auction to support the charity as it copes with fundraising losses during COVID-19. George Hill, of Nursery Close, Withycombe Raleigh, is asking people to support the event because the charity, which helps terminally ill patients and their families across Exeter, East and Mid Devon, faces losing £1million over the next three months through closed charity shops and cancelled events because of the coronavirus lockdown. George, who has been furloughed from print group Brightsea, in Clyst Honiton, said the response to the auction has been ‘overwhelming’. Earlier this…

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