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Fundraiser Will’s wheelchair marathon success

A former student at Exeter’s WESC Foundation has just finished a 31 day wheelchair marathon in memory of his late father. 22 year old Will Parry, who is severely sight impaired and confined to a wheelchair by Cerebral Palsy, completed 36 laps of his garden in his manual wheelchair each day in July. Today he … Continued

MP visits specialist young people’s charity in Exeter

Simon Jupp MP had the chance to see things a little differently when he visited WESC Foundation yesterday. He wore special glasses that simulate different types of visual impairment for part of his tour of the charity’s campus, which sits within his East Devon constituency on the edge of Exeter. During the visit the Member … Continued

Second awards shortlist for WESC Foundation’s talking till

A talking till developed by WESC Foundation has been shortlisted for a second national award. The audible point of sale (APOS) till – which can be operated independently by users with visual impairment and other disabilities – has been recognised by the Charity Times Awards. It follows a similar recognition by NATSPEC – the voice … Continued

The Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge comes to Exeter

Young people and staff at WESC Foundation walked, ran, cycled and wheeled over 500 miles last week to recreate the cancelled Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge. Eight students from the WESC Foundation College were due to take part in the Dartmoor-based event in May 2020 but were disappointed when it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 … Continued

Staying safe in our charity shops

We value the safety of our staff and customers, so our charity shops have revised how they work in line with the advice and guidance issued by the UK Government. When visiting one of our charity shops we respectfully ask that you: sanitise your hands as you enter comply with the current social distancing rules … Continued

We need you to Walk for WESC Foundation

On Tuesday 21st July we’re asking our staff, young people and supporters to Walk for WESC Foundation. We’re inviting you to join our staff, supporters and volunteers in a day of walking. The event is to raise awareness of what we do to empower young people with visual impairment and complex needs to live their … Continued

Charity shops re-open for business

The WESC Foundation charity shops in Heavitree, St Thomas, Honiton and Sidmouth are now open (correct 4th July 2020) WESC Foundation’s charity shops in the Heavitree and St Thomas areas of Exeter will re-open for trading this coming Monday 15th June 2020. The stores are part of WESC Foundation’s social enterprise and support children and … Continued

Charity shop donations now being accepted

  Two of our charity shops are accepting donations this week ahead of much hope-for re-opening later this month. The WESC Foundation stores in Cowick Street and Heavitree will open this Thursday 4th June between 11am and 3pm for dropping off donations only. It is a great opportunity to have a clear-out and support one … Continued

Local support for our COVID-19 Keyworkers

WESC Foundation is being topped=up with supplies of hand sanitiser, cleaning tablets and PPE thanks to the support of local businesses. Local distillers Exeter Gin are supplying hand sanitiser to WESC Foundation’s frontline workers and special disinfectant tablets donated by the HOCL Trust have helped the charity keep going at a time when stock is … Continued