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BASICS Devon a small local charity is thrilled to announce that they have received an amazing £8,555.09 from the Co-op Local Community Fund.

At a time when funds for community groups and charitable organisations are becoming more difficult to access, BASICS Devon volunteer doctors are incredibly grateful and want to say thank you to the Co-op staff and customers for this opportunity to make a real difference in Devon.

Three stores in Plymouth chose BASICS Devon as one of their charities, Ernesettle, Whitleigh and Southway, Amie Bull Fundraising Manager for BASICS Devon said ‘The staff and customers at all 3 Co-op stores have been so supportive and helpful. We really enjoyed our time with them and cannot thank them all enough for the incredible amount of money raised.’

Left to Right: Lee Biggs Store Manager, Deborah Townell, Amie Bull, Susan Turner Member Pioneer & Mandy Rafton.

The Co-op staff and customers have enabled a volunteer doctor to be fully prepared and equipped both physically and mentally to respond, which will help support our current volunteers, but more so to cover the areas that vitally need additional emergency response.

BASICS Devon volunteer Dr Ian Higginson thanked the staff and customers personally “We are really chuffed. Donations like this get and keep volunteer doctors on the road. This will help us add one more to our team so we can support the South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust better.”

Co-op staff at Whitleigh store, Plymouth with BASICS Devon volunteer Dr Ian Higginson

We are also delighted that BASICS Devon has been chosen again to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund in 2020, this time at the Chaddlewood Co-op Store in Plympton, we want to say thank you to all involved and we look forward to working with you in 2020.

The Co-op is looking to support organisations that make a difference in their local communities by protecting & improving community spaces, helping people reach their full potential by developing their skills, or promoting health and wellbeing.

Co-op members can choose a cause by going online We really hope that people will visit the website and choose to support us again this coming year.

If you’re not a member and would like to support us, you can join at your local store or online at

When a community comes together we’re able to achieve great things, so we hope you can help promote our project. For more information about us, please visit

About BASICS Devon

BASICS Devon is a network of 14 emergency volunteer doctors providing immediate access to specialist medical care at the scene of an accident or illness. Making themselves available around the clock throughout the year, responding to incidents at the request of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. The charity relies solely on donations.

BASICS Devon doctors aim to provide a fast response to incidents in rural areas, and use their extensive skills to support patient care.

For further information, to donate or get involved please visit:

Contact Amie Bull, Fundraising Manager M: 01752 936299

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