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Castle Vets' Sponsored Walk Raises Over £3000

Castle Vets sponsored walk

Castle Veterinary Group based in Launceston recently took on an 18 mile sponsored walk to help raise money towards their Charity of the Year partnership with Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

Castle Vets is one of the largest, independent vet practices in the south west, treating both pets and farm animals across north and east Cornwall and west Devon and the relationship with CHSW started back in the summer.

Former county cricket club chairman launches £26k London Marathon fundraiser for children’s hospice

Andy Nash with Somerset CCC CEO Andrew Cornish, players Sophie Luff, Josh Davey and Craig Overton, and Emma Perry and Tracy Harvey from Children’s Hospice South West at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.

The former chairman of Somerset County Cricket Club is set to run the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of Children’s Hospice South West.

Andy Nash, who retired in January this year after 14 years at the Specsavers County Championship club – 10 of which he served as chairman – will join Sir Mo Farah and a cast of thousands of runners in the world-famous road race on Sunday, April 28.

He hopes to raise £26,000 – £1,000 a mile – for the charity, which provides hospice care for hundreds of children and their families all over the South West.

Student’s Charity Head Shave Raises Over £2,000

Sophie Grey group photo after headshave

Penryn College student Sophie Grey has raised more than £2,000 for Children’s Hospice South West, following her incredible act of bravery and selflessness in participating in a charity head shave.

Sophie parted way with her long, brown locks in the Penryn College assembly hall last month, as friends, family, and school staff and students watched on in support.

Dartmouth rowers take up the challenge in memory of Tillie

Jenny Pichowski, daughter Maisie, school friend Sophia White, and Dartmouth Amateur Rowing Club members Jo Langmead, Anna Lloyd, Ali McGrigor, Natasha Knight, Emma Alderman and Chrissy Rugg visit Little Bridge House to hand over the cheque for £18,075.62

Female rowers from Dartmouth Amateur Rowing Club have raised an ‘oarsome’ £18,000 for Children’s Hospice South West – in just seven months!

They set themselves a number of challenges – both on and off the water – in memory of Tillie Pichowski, who received care at the charity’s Little Bridge House hospice in North Devon.

Light Up a Life 2018 to get star treatment at Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on

Gerard Fawcitt from North Devon Hospice and Josh Allen from CHSW with the Reverend Clive Thomas at Pip & Jim's Church in Ilfracombe.

The 2018 Light Up a Life appeal is set to get star billing at Barnstaple’s Christmas Lights switch-on this Sunday (November 18).

The 22nd annual joint fundraising appeal for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) and North Devon Hospice (NDH) will be launched on the big stage at 5pm, before the main switch-on at 6pm.

Families who have been supported by the two hospices will light a giant star in the Square; stars will also be lit at each hospice and at the office of the North Devon Gazette office, which has supported the appeal every year since its inception.

Tayen picked to open Christmas Tree farm


Seven year old Tayen, from Bridgwater, has a genetic condition known as Neurofibromatosis Type 1. The condition is incurable, and causes tumours to grow on nerves anywhere in her body. She has epilepsy and hydrocephalus, is completely blind, and has already endured several rounds of chemotherapy. She and her family visit Charlton Farm for respite breaks, and her mum Kali told us what the hospice means to Tayen: “She loves everyone there, she gets so excited. We stay there as a family, although when we’re there, Tayen doesn’t want me or her dad or her brothers near her.