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People's Millions; Thank you for all your support

 On the 25th of November 2013 Calvert Trust Exmoor were finalists in The Big Lottery People’s Millions, with a short film about us being aired during the ITV evening news, which you can view here:




Robert Lott, Calvert Trust Exmoor’s Head of Communications; “We were overwhelmed with the level of support we received from people and organisations across the South West and beyond, we actually lost track of how many people shared, commented, tweeted and most of all voted for us. Thank you all for your support it is much appreciated.

As a charity we are reliant on our local community: so much of what we do at Calvert Trust Exmoor couldn’t happen without the support of people and organisations in the community who share our vision, and play a vital role in helping us. Winning ‘The People’s Millions’ is a great boost for families with a disabled child across the South West; it will allow us to help more of the 60,000 children with a disability in our region.” 


We would like to thank each and every one of you that picked up the phone and voted for us on the day, we quite literally couldn’t have done it without you. There were so many people who helped out on the day we couldn’t possibly list them all; please don’t be offended if you are not on our list, we are truly grateful to everyone.


Here are some of the ways that our wonderful supporters found to help us on the day:


Louise from Splash Swim School had a special T-shirt made as soon as she found out the voting number, and wore it all day, as well as encouraging everyone she met to vote! Here she is wearing it:

Louise from Splash Swim School


Andrew Lathwell from Lathwell and Associates designed our special on the day flyer and got up very early to add the voting number and coordinate with the printers to get them produced in time for us to use them.


Gary and the team from Hedgerow Print  not only got up early to get 20,000 leaflets printed for us, but were also kind enough to support us by producing them at cost price.


Logon Business Solutions sent tens of thousands of emails on our behalf over the two weeks leading up to voting day, raising awareness of our project and encouraging people to be ready to vote for us.


The Rotary Clubs of Devon (District 1170) ran a stall in Green Lanes Shopping Centre handing out flyers and encouraging the public to vote for us, went out and about across the county voting and encouraging others to vote, and encouraged their Rotary colleagues from across the country to vote for us too.


The Voice FM radio station not only broadcast a live interview with us on the morning of the vote, but broadcast the voting line number repeatedly throughout the day, encouraging their listeners to vote for us.


Devon Voluntary Action provided fantastic support via twitter (where they are known as @Devon_VA), tweeting about us and encouraging people to vote, and at one point even tweeting on our behalf when we were temporarily stopped from tweeting as we had sent so many tweets!


Tesco’s Ilfracombe allowed our volunteers to hand out our on the day flyer to customers.


The Fantastic Volunteers who gave us their time in various locations across the South West to encourage members of the public to vote for us, including Jane Coleman, Chris Wilson, Ronnie & Rosie, Anne-Marie Matthews, Claire Pearce and Lynn Ashman.


Tia the Collie spent the day in Exeter with a team of our staff, working very hard exchanging cuddles for phone calls! here she is doing just that with one of the staff members from the Build A Bear Workshop!

Cuddles with Tia!


And finally huge thanks to the gentleman from Eire who contacted us to say that because votes could only be registered from a UK phone, he had driven over the border into Northern Ireland, registered 10 votes for us from a payphone, and then driven back home!


Without all of the fantastic people above, and everyone else who help and who voted, we really couldn’t have won, thank you so much for your support.  


Update April 2014:  

We have now used the £50,000 up! We have done two things with it;

Firstly we provided bursary funds to assist 62 families with a disabled child to take a break with us (240 people).

Secondly we were able to improve our water sports facilities to be even more accessible - you can read the story and see pictures of the new pontoon on this page of our website.



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The People's Millions is a grants programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Winners will be decided by public vote.

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