Donations for Honiton Admiral Nurse campaign keep pouring in

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 April 2018

Heather Penwarden recieves a cheque from Honiton Lions Club.

Heather Penwarden recieves a cheque from Honiton Lions Club.

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With one in three of us knowing someone who has dementia, it is not perhaps surprising how our campaign to bring specialist support to families living with dementia to Honiton has touched so many hearts.

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Not a week goes by without someone getting in touch with another wonderful offer of an event or idea to raise funds for the Honiton Admiral Nurse.

This week I am looking forward to a visit to the Three Tuns, where a monthly charity bingo game is held.

The group have nominated Honiton Admiral Nurse as their organisation to support for the next 12 months, which is a splendid way of having fun and doing some good for a local cause at the same time.

The range of skills and creative suggestions being presented is quite stunning and I am really looking forward to sharing more details with you as plans develop and ideas become fixed events.

It is not just people with offers of support who contact me.

Each week I also hear from people who are caring for or worried about a friend or family member who is experiencing problems of one kind or another with dementia.

There is some excellent support around that I can sometimes suggest but it tends to be very bitty coming from different groups and organisations none of which can offer regular and sustained support for families over weeks, months and often years as an Admiral Nurse will be able to.

The most important advice I can give to anyone who is at all worried about failing memory is the importance of getting checked out by your GP.

It may well be that you will get reassurance that all is well or that the symptoms are temporary due to an infection of some kind.

If there are further concerns, then a referral to the Memory Clinic at the RD&E can be made for a more detailed and expert assessment.

If someone does go on to receive a diagnosis of dementia it may be that medication can be prescribed which slows the progression of the disease.

Early diagnosis is extremely important for this to be helpful, so if you are at all worried for yourself please do make an appointment with your GP for a chat.

To offer your support to our Honiton Admiral Nurse Campaign, you can contact me by email on info@honitondaa.org.uk or by phone on 07966 135442 or make a donation online through www.justgiving.com/honitonadmiralnurse

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