Charity of the Year


Our Charity of the Year scheme

In April 2017 the Town Council announced its first ever Charity of the Year, Citizens Advice East Devon (CAED), committing to helping raise awareness and support for its work during the year of partnership.

How we helped: In addition to awareness raising and grant funding throughout the year, we held a Charity Treasure Trail event to raise funds. The weather could have been better, but it was a great day! In October 2017 Active Mums Cranbrook also did some fundraising for CAED! At the end of the year, Cranbrook Town Council was able to present a cheque to CAED for £500.

Presentation to CAED


This year’s Charity of the Year

In 2018, Devon Freewheelers became the Town Council’s Charity of the Year and residents attending the Annual Meeting of the Town heard the moving account of Founder and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Lavery, whose own family’s life-changing experience led him to found the charity.

Devon Freewheelers is a team of volunteers dedicated to providing a 24hrs a day, 7 days a week service which supports the NHS by delivering essential blood supplies for transfusions, blood samples for testing, organs and tissue samples for transplants, urgent medications direct to patients at home and donor breast milk to neonatal intensive care units throughout Devon. Their motto is ‘Riding for Life’ and their work makes a huge difference to the people of Devon each year.

Daniel Lavery speaking at the meeting (photography by Sarah Hall, courtesy of Cranbrook Healthy New Town)

How you can help: Please visit their inspirational and informative website at where you can find out more about their work, the number of callouts they respond to each month and how you can help; for example, by donating, offering to become a volunteer or organising a fundraising event. If you prefer, you can pick up a leaflet from our office. And, please also keep an eye on our media channels for details of what we will be doing to help.