This year it’s more important than ever to give back to our local communities & charities to help those in need and spread the Christmas cheer! As a part of National Give Back Tuesday on 1st December, we’ve highlighted ways that you can give a helping hand in our city this festive season… 

Purchase a ticket to a future show or workshop 

Give your special someone something to look forward to in 2021! Why not purchase a ticket to a local drama performance at Exeter Northcott, Exeter Barnfield or Cygnet Theatre, to a music performance or workshop at Exeter Phoenix or for something unique like a Creative Wellbeing Day at Devon Sculpture Park! Take a look at our cultural organisations page for further inspiration...

Donate to a charity

'Tis the season to be jolly and give back to our local community! Donate warm clothing to the Princesshay Giving Hub to help the homeless, make a donation of any amount to Force Cancer Charity & Hospicecare or donate to the Exeter Food Bank! There are many other incredible charities in Exeter that need your help this festive season, take a look at our Virtual Christmas Market page for more information.

Fundraise for a good cause

To help our fantastic charities even further this Christmas, there are many ways in which you can fundraise safely! Here's a few ideas to get you started - take part in sponsored walk, cycle or run or extend the 'Movember' season? Click here to find out how you can fundraise for charities across the city.

Purchase a gift from a local independent shop

When you purchase a gift from a local independent, you'll be putting a huge smile on someones place PLUS helping a family's income this Christmas. From the Castle Quarter, Gandy Street, Cathedral Quarter, Magdalen Road, South Street and Exeter Quay - these areas are packed with delightful gifts your loved ones will really appreciate. Check out our 12 Inspiring Gifts from Exeter or Topsham's Local Christmas Hampers for some fantastic ideas!

Buy a gift card as a Christmas present

The opportunities for gift cards in Exeter are endless! Purchase an InExeter gift card for someone to browse Exeter's quirky independents and choose a special gift, select a food voucher from our fantastic eateries across the city or choose an exciting day out including a Westcountry Land Rover Experience or an escape room experience at Red House Mysteries! Take a look at our 12 Inspiring Christmas Gift Ideas blog and shopping page for further gift card inspiration!

Give a shout out to your favourite place

Sometimes, the littlest things can make a huge difference. Tried a delicious takeaway recently? Let your friends on Facebook know where you got it from! Purchased a lovely gift for a friend? Post an Instagram story and tag the place you bought it from! Simply just telling your friends and family about a recent purchase can really help a small business!

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There are plenty of other ways to give back to our community this time of year. Whilst you’re shopping at our Virtual Christmas Market, visit our local community page and our cultural organisations page to find out ways you can help!

How Exeter businesses have helped the community this Autumn/Winter

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Pink Moon

Pink Moon Café kindly donated their fan-favourite mac and cheese to the Exeter Food Bank, plus offered generous portions for free school meals over the October half term!

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Exeter City Community Trust 

The Exeter City Community Trust supported families during the October half term, with the help of their food gift packs! These thoughtful packages contained dozens of items – including cereal, pasta and tinned fruit & vegetables. These parcels were enough to feed a family of four! Read the full story here!

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Lockdown Exeter

Lockdown Exeter is a website that has been recently set up, to highlight what our local businesses are offering during the current national lockdown. Take a look at their website - for local takeaways, food & drink delivery, crafts, homeware, beauty and more! 

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Do you know of any other businesses' acts of kindness? Please let us know via visit.exeter@exeter.gov.uk!

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