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Hospiscare Heroes – From sunflower picking to family food festivals

Our Hospiscare Heroes have been as busy as ever, finding innovative ways to fund raise for our charity at this difficult time

Our Hospiscare Heroes are truly super; week after week, they support our charity with their fundraising endeavours across Exeter, Mid and East Devon. From all of us at Hospiscare, we are sending a huge thank you to all of our Hospiscare Heroes. Read on to find out how they have been flexing their super powers this week.

A group of women at a food festival

We are so grateful to everyone involved in the Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival, which took place on Saturday 11 September. It was a fantastic day for the community and our fundraisers and nurses really enjoyed being a part of it. The event raised a fantastic £1,102.63 for our vital care service. We are sending a special thank you to Otter Garden Centre for choosing us as their Charity of the Year and World of Country Life for sponsoring the event.


We are sending a huge thank you to Darts Farm for holding their annual pick-your-own sunflowers to raise funds for Hospiscare. There is still time to pop along to Darts Farm and grab yourself a bunch of these beauties, all while raising money for end-of-life care in the heart of Devon. Find out more here.

Thank you also to Darren Everett who, back in July, took on the challenge of playing golf for 24 hours at Exeter Golf and Country Club, where he works as Golf Director. Darren decided to fundraise for our local charity to give something back after our Exmouth team cared for his dad earlier this year. Darren’s fundraising was a huge success and he donated £4,043 to Hospiscare.

A group of people clustered around a Gruffalo

We are sending a big thank you to everyone involved in organising the Gruffalo Trail in Honiton, and of course to all of the families who attended the event and made it such a huge success. It was lovely to see so many children wearing their mouse masks and taking on the trail.

This day could not have happened without the support of Nathan Hannay from NJH Building in Honiton who worked so hard to organise this family fundraiser; Karen Chambers of KC Creations who kindly sponsored all the signs and masks; Otter Valley Ice Cream and Field Kitchen for providing their delicious ice cream; The Happy Humbug for their generous donations; Jewson of Honiton for their generous donation; Mary Bolshaw for her delicious homemade cookies; Porkies the Family Butcher for selling tickets; Wildwood Escot, Seaton Tramway, Pecorama, Boston Tea Party in Honiton and Lace Makers Café for donating raffle prizes; all the stewards who helped the trail run smoothly and Katie Churchward who read to over 100 children on the day.

A goat in a wooden pen

Thank you also to World of Country Life for sponsoring The Gruffalo Trail and for bringing their 6 week-old kid goat to the event, much to the delight of the children!

A man on a static cycle with two people standing next to him

We are sending a big thank you to The Original Factory Shop in Honiton for organising a sponsored cycle to raise funds for our local charity. Jack, the store manager, organised the event and together the team rode 31 miles and raised an amazing £91.44.

DCUK cycling duck

Thank you to DCUK for their recent donation of this fabulous cycling duck, which ties in very well with our Tour de Devon challenge for September.

Daffodils in shallow focus

We are also sending our thanks to Keith Spittlehouse and Ottery in Bloom for their kind donation of daffodil bulbs, which will be planted in the garden of our Exeter hospice by our wonderful gardening volunteers.

Thank you to Otter Accountants in Ottery St Mary for their recent generous donation.

Finally, thank you to Eileen Hall from Pinhoe for baking delicious cakes and donating £20 from her efforts.

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