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Exeter Chamber of Commerce raises over £5000 for local Devon charities

By December 14, 2017January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates
Maggie Groves

Christmas has come early for two local Devon based charities, The Mede and Dawlish Garden’s Trust, following the successful charity prize draw at Exeter Chamber’s Exeter Business Dinner in November.

Guest speakers of the event, Charlie and AJ Courtenay (the Earl and Countess of Devon), nominated two local charities to receive a split share of the £5290 raised.

Charlie Courtenay, Earl of Devon said: “We were honoured to address the Exeter Chamber’s guests and are thrilled this resulted in such generous donations to Powderham’s charities-of-the-year.  The Mede provides excellent support for families and carers dealing with dementia, while the Dawlish Gardens Trust does remarkable work, both at Powderham and locally.  It has been a pleasure to work with both charities this year.”

The Mede is a Dementia care service based in Topsham, offering day and night care facilities for families living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s to benefit both the carer and cared for. Their vision is to see lives enhanced through providing professional and tailored services and the money raised will be going towards the appointment of an Admiral Nurse.

Dawlish Garden’s Trust is a supported employment programme designed to enable people with learning disabilities, hidden impairments, sensory impairments train and gain vocational experience and employment.

Derek Phillips, vice president of Exeter Chamber of Commerce said: “Following an outstandingly successful event being able to support these deserving local charities is especially rewarding.”

Exeter Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 150th Anniversary on Friday 17th November at Sandy Park Conference Centre with 360 people attending the annual black tie event. 


From left: Maggie Groves, Sallie Rutledge  – The Mede, Charlie Courtenay Earl of Devon, AJ Courtenay Countess of Devon, Mike and Jean Dyer – Dawlish Garden’s Trust and Derek Phillips – Exeter Chamber vice president