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resolution run

Stroke Association urges people in Devon to “shape up” for charity run

resolution run

The Stroke Association is encouraging people to make a pledge which lasts by signing up to a 5k, 10k or 15k Resolution Run on Sunday,  March 23 at Escot Park, Devon. This is one of 19 Resolution Runs taking place across the UK. These fun events provide the perfect motivation to get back in shape before the summer and support a vital cause.

Annabel Jones was 22 when she had a stroke. She explained: “I felt like my life had been taken away from me. I’m now 40% blind and suffered with crippling depression.

“The Stroke Association helped me get my life back. They answered my many questions and gave me all the support I needed to pick myself up and not let the stroke defeat me. Even though there are some things I will never be able to do again, there are also many new things for me to try.

“My ultimate aim is to raise as much awareness and money as possible for the Stroke Association so that others have access to the help that I had.

“Taking part in a Resolution Run for the Stroke Association is a great way to keep fit and healthy while raising money for the charity’s work supporting thousands of people like me.”

At least half of strokes could be prevented if people made simple lifestyle changes, such as keeping blood pressure under control and exercising more.

Alessandra Arnott, Event Officer at the Stroke Association added: “Many of our New Year Resolutions focus on key personal improvements like quitting smoking, eating healthier or joining a gym. But too often these fail by the end of January. I hope people in Devon will sign up to a 5k, 10k or 15k Resolution Run.

“Runners of any ability are welcome and can choose their own pace and distance. The money raised will fund vital research and support as well as help to prevent people from having a stroke.”

All runners receive a free t-shirt, medal, music, a warm up and warm down, water stations and MP3 Players for the top three fundraisers. Entry fee is just £12.50. For more information about entering or volunteering, visit, email or call 0117 911 5471.


(from a press release)

NSPCC Santa Christmas Letter

Still time to make Christmas magical with an NSPCC Letter from Santa

NSPCC Santa Christmas Letter

There’s still time for people in Devon to make Christmas extra special this year by ordering a personalised Letter from Santa for a child, and at the same time raise vital funds for the NSPCC.

For a suggested donation of £5 to the charity, a child will receive a fun, colourful and personalised Letter from Santa, arriving via ‘Rudolph Mail’. The Letters feature a festive story tailored to their age and you can choose from seven different beautifully illustrated styles. Santa can even write a special poem to celebrate baby’s first Christmas – a keepsake to treasure for years to come.

Each letter includes the child’s name, age, gender, best friend or family member’s name, favourite activity and achievements, as well as a special ‘PS’ option when you request your letter online. You can also choose whether the letter is signed by ‘Santa’ or ‘Father Christmas’.

Last year, 25,785 children in the South West received a Letter from Santa.

Alison Armer, NSPCC community fundraising manager for Devon, said: “Christmas is such a special time of year for children and what could make it more special than a letter from Santa himself. By requesting a Letter from Santa, not only will you make Christmas even more magical for a child but you’re helping the NSPCC to be there for vulnerable children, right here in Devon and across the UK.”

Every £5 raised by Letter from Santa will help ChildLine be there for a child in danger or distress, either online or over the phone. Every £12 raised could help us talk to one primary school child about abuse and give them the confidence to talk to a trusted adult. And every £50 could help an NSPCC practitioner deliver two hours telephone support to anyone with concerns about a child.

The reindeer mailroom is open until midnight on 17 December 2013 and all those who request a Letter from Santa will be entered into a draw to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Lapland for a family of four.

Order your Letter from Santa online at or by calling 0845 839 9304.


(from a press release)