#MotivationalMonday: How a local group raised £3000 for charity

A group of friends took on a major challenge last year:  They  wanted to raise money for Wooden Spoon, a Rugby based charity which raises money for disabled and disadvantaged children.

Based on Exmoor, they decided to walk the South West Coast Path from Combe Martin to Minehead. And so they did: 36 miles in 11 hours it took them! The best bit:  They raised £3000.00 for the charity!

“It’s the most stunning part of the Coast Path, and as we are all Exmoor based, it felt so fantastic to complete our challenge.”
David Dunster


Here is some background info on Wooden Spoon:

“Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby. From sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and sports activity areas to respite, medical and community care, we fund around 70 projects each year that support disadvantaged and disabled children. Since our founding in 1983, we’ve distributed in excess of £24 million, helping over 1 million young people.”

To find out more, pop over to their website www.woodenspoon.org.uk

The Calvert Trust helps armed forces families

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The Calvert Trust’s three  centres in Exmoor, the Lake District and Kielder are gearing up to help armed forces families from across the UK, following George Osborne’s  announcement yesterday that they are one of the twenty four  projects to receive funding from the third tranche of the MOD’s Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) Fund.

Over the next two years the three Calvert Trust centres will assist 240 serving, reserve and veteran armed forces families with a disabled service person, partner or a child in the family.

Tony Potter, CEO of Calvert Trust Exmoor and LIBOR project leader for The Calvert Trust; “we feel privileged that our project ‘Uniting Service families with disabilities’ has been selected by the MOD.  The Calvert Trust already has a proven track record cooperating with many Armed Forces Charities; we are relishing the opportunity to help and support as many families as we can through our programme of adventurous activity breaks at our 3 Centres’.

One of the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant is to overcome disadvantage faced by members of the armed forces, especially those injured in service.  The Calvert Trust has over 40 years’ experience in helping members of the disabled community to overcome obstacles and discover “it’s what you can do that counts”.

If you are a serving, reserve or veteran armed forces family and want to find out more about accessing this support please contact one of the three centres.

Exmoor; 01598 763221, Kielder; 01434 250232 or Lake District: 01768 772255.

The Chancellor’s announcement can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/libor-fines-fund-a-further-twenty-four-armed-forces-charities-and-good-causes

The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the state and the armed forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the armed forces and their families and it establishes how they should expect to be treated.

The Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) fund is £35 million of funding, taken from fines levied on banks for attempting to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). The Government allocated this money to the Covenant Reference Group to support the Armed Forces Covenant. The remaining funds will be allocated over the next two years.

The intention of the Libor Fund is to support the two key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, which are that the Armed Forces Community should not face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services, and that special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.

The Calvert Trust comprises three independent, not-for-profit, charities that each share the same Vision and Mission (which can be found on their website here:  http://www.calvert-trust.org.uk/about-us/vision). The three centres are Calvert Trust Kielder, Lake District Calvert Trust and Calvert Trust Exmoor.
The Calvert Trust has 40 years’ experience in providing adventurous breaks to the disabled community. We pioneered access to challenging outdoor activities and our staff advise local authorities and sports governing bodies on access issues. Since 1974 we have helped over 200,000 people with disabilities to become more active and adventurous.



For more information about The Calvert Trust please contact Rob Lott, Head of Communications on rob@calvert-trust.org.uk or 01598 763221 


Web:             www.calvert-trust.org.uk/

Facebook:   www.facebook.com/CTExmoor, www.facebook.com/calverttrustkielder, www.facebook.com/pages/Calvert-Trust-Lakes/249894035066697

Twitter:        @CalvertExmoor, @Calvert_Kielder, @CalvertLakes

YouTube:     www.youtube.com/CalvertTrustExmoorUK

People’s Millions – Calvert Trust Exmoor need your help!

People’s Millions – We need your help!

On the 25th of November 2013 Calvert Trust Exmoor will be competing in The Big Lottery People’s Millions, with a short film about us being aired during the ITV evening news. Throughout the day we will be going head to head against another project in a public phone vote to win £50,000. Voting opens at 9am, closing at midnight and the winner takes all.

Calvert Trust Exmoor will use the money to do two things; firstly to provide bursary funds to assist families with a disabled child to take a break with us, and secondly to improve our water sports facilities to be even more accessible.

We won’t know the number people need to phone to vote for us until the morning of the 25th of November; although the film is not aired until early evening, voting opens at 9am and closes at midnight. We need as many people as possible to vote for us, as many times as possible, from as many phones as possible. (There may be as many as 10 votes allowed from any one phone number).

How you can help

Tell your friends & family all about it, get them ready to vote on the 25th of November, tell them you will let them have the voting number on the day. Why not download our poster and put it up on the notice board where you work, in your local shops, pub and school?

If you have an email address; please email exmoor@calvert-trust.org.uk to make sure you are on our list. We will send you an email on the 25th of November with the voting line number that you can send on to friends and ask them to vote too.

If you are on Facebook; please like the CTE facebook page (www.facebook.com/ctexmoor) and start sharing our posts about the Peoples Millions.

If you are on Twitter; Please follow the CTE twitter feed (@calvertExmoor) and start re-tweeting our tweets about Peoples Millions.

If you have a mobile phone; Please let us have your number; text 07790 591058 or phone 01598 763221. We will send you a text message on the 25th that you can send on to people you know. (There is no text voting, but you can text people the number and ask them to phone and vote).

Pledge your support: Pledge your support of our project on the peoples millions website, which will encourage others to support us too.

If you can volunteer your time on the 25th of November;

Please email josh@calvert-trust.org.uk telling us how and where you can help on the day. We are going to need as many people as possible in all sorts of locations across the South West to hand out leaflets asking people to vote for us.

The People’s Millions is a grants programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Winners will be decided by public vote.

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Date for the Diary: Join us for dinner and support North Devon Hedgehog Rescue

Charity Dinner 

in support of North Devon Hedgehog Rescue on 28 April 2013 

3 courses for £30.00



Crisp fried Somerset Brie with wild leaves and red onion jam

Hot smoked Salmon Salad with candy beetroot and horseradish cream

Devilled Exmoor Lamb Kidneys with cayenne and Devon cream


Homemade Gnocchi with roasted peppers, stewed cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and baby basilhoglets 007

Whole roasted Lemon Sole with new potato champ and brown shrimp butter

Whole roasted Poussin with sweet potato chips, gremolata and aioli


Sticky Toffee Pudding with Somerset clotted cream and toffee sauce

Panacotta with local berries

Styles Ice Cream selection

North Devon Hedgehog Rescue – Our Charity of the Month

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Welcome to North Devon Hedgehog Care and Rescue located in Braunton. My name is Anni and I run a small independent care unit from my home where I provide care for sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs. I can always be contacted for help and advice and I will always return your calls if you have to leave a message.

hoglets 007I always try to keep in contact with the people who bring me hedgehogs so that I can let them know how their hog is getting along and I always ask if people would like the hedgehog back (if it is safe) so it can be re-released as near as possible to where it was found.

Hedgehogs are rapidly declining in numbers over recent years and much of our work is helping to raise awareness of their plight and helping North Devon’s community of hedgehogs survive.

SS2For more information you can visit our website and please also take a look at www.hedgehogstreet.org and sign up for the 2013 hibernation study! Below is a short snippet from their website which is brought to you by The British Hedgehog Preservation Society and the People’s Trust for Endangered Species.

Research in the 1970s by Britain’s foremost expert on hedgehogs, Dr Pat Morris (formerly of Royal Holloway, University of London), revealed a direct link between hibernation and climate: hedgehogs came out of hibernation up to three weeks earlier in the South West of England compared to Scotland. Furthermore, in East Anglia, hedgehogs similarly spent longer hibernating than in the London area or South West. This marked difference in hedgehog hibernation patterns across the UK shows a general trend of prolonged inactivity in proportion to the coldness of the winter.

HedgehogDr Morris explains: “Age, sex and weather all appear to influence the timing of hedgehog hibernation. For example, young animals may remain fully active into December, no doubt seeking to develop sufficient fat reserves to ensure survival during subsequent hibernation. Also, adult females that have had late litters or may still be lactating will need to feed intensively before hibernating, causing them to be active for longer than adult males. However, mild weather can also delay hedgehogs entering into hibernation or elicit premature awakening, impacting on the creature’s fat reserves and breeding times and consequently affecting the long- term survival of the species.”

The 2012 Hedgehog Hibernation Survey proved to be fantastically popular, with around 2,000 people logging around 45,000 hedgehog sightings through the online form. This makes it one of the largest datasets about hedgehog activity ever collected.IMG_1058

For donations:
Cheques made payable to North Devon Hedgehog Rescue and sent to Fair View,

Higher Park Road, Braunton, Devon, EX33 2LF
BACS Payment: Sort Code 30-98-61 and Account No 24247368.

Website:      www.northdevonhedgehogrescue.org
Twitter:       @NDhedgehogs
Facebook:   www.facebook.com/NorthDevonHedgehogRescue