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The North Devon Gazette’s much-loved light Up a Life appeal was launched to an audience of thousands this year.
It was marked with the switch-on of a special illuminated star in Barnstaple Square during the town’s Christmas lights celebrations on Sunday.
Now in its 21st year, the appeal has become a Christmas tradition to enable people to remember a loved one and help raise money for North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice South West.
The charities host a series of services of remembrance across North Devon through December.
The Mendip Friends’ Group has been supporting Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) for well over a decade and was deeply involved in the Babe Appeal – the campaign to raise funds to build CHSW’s Charlton Farm children’s hospice in North Somerset.
Trevor McCurdie first started the idea of Ride for Precious Lives ten years ago. He shares with us his journey in creating this special event.
Wise Employment in Truro is embarking on a whole year of celebrations and charity fundraising to mark their 25th anniversary and have linked up with the Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).
It will be a very special moment for 68-year-old Rick Dean when the day of the 2017 Vitality Bath Half Marathon finally arrives, as he’ll be running the race in memory of his son Kierran, who would have turned 21 in June.
It will also be the last race for Rick who has spent the last nine years tirelessly fundraising for Children’s Hospice South West, the charity who provided a lifeline for him and his wife when they lost Kierran in 2003.
“I couldn’t tell you how much I have raised over the years for Children’s Hospice South West,” admitted Rick.
A record number of cyclists have powered through North Devon on their way to raising nearly £100,000 for Children's Hospice South West.
Taking place across three day and through three counties, Ride for Precious Lives sees cyclists from across the country peddle the 205 miles between each of the region's three children's hospices.