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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.

Magical Exeter money experts turn £50 into nearly £7k for children’s hospice

Compliance director Paul White and the Prydis team present their fundraising cheque to Children’s Hospice South West Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser Mhairi Bass-Carruthers

There is a new team of entrepreneurs topping the 2018 Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) £50 Challenge leaderboard.

Financial experts at Prydis clearly have all the right skills when it comes to maximising investments – a team from the Exeter branch has turned £50 into £6,765 for the charity, which provides respite for families of children with life-limiting conditions throughout the South West.

Search continues for owner of £1,000 winning lottery ticket

Could it be you? Wadebridge Children’s Hospice South West shop manager Kirstie Madden and shop volunteers Julian Collinson, Danielle Broad and Debbie Chantler are still on the lookout for the owner of a winning lottery ticket bought in their shop.

The search is still on for the mystery winner of a £1,000 lottery ticket bought in Wadebridge.

The lucky Children’s Hospice South West lottery ticket was bought in the charity’s Molesworth Street shop on October 9 but has not been claimed since the draw on October 12.

Shop manger Kirstie Madden said: “The team and I have been asking everyone coming into the shop to check their tickets.

Bristol Airport and flybmi join forces to take Santas on the Run fundraising to new heights

Bristol Airport and flybmi are supporting this year’s Santas on the Run fun run in Bristol on Sunday, December 9 in aid of Children’s Hospice South West.

The annual Santas on the Run 2k fun run is taking place in Bristol on Sunday, December 9. It’s the biggest and most spectacular festive charity event, which attracts thousands of people from the city and beyond, of all ages and abilities.

Organised by Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), participants are given a Santa suit to wear on the day and asked to raise sponsorship, which goes directly towards supporting families at CHSW’s local hospice, Charlton Farm.