Nigel set to shave off his beard in aid of Honiton’s Admiral Nurse campaign

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:31 12 January 2018

Nigel Drake with barber Alan Rowe.

Nigel Drake with barber Alan Rowe.


A man who has worn a beard for the last 28 years is braving the clippers to raise money for Honiton’s Admiral Nurse campaign.

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Nigel Drake will go to Alan Rowe Barbering in April to have his beard shaven off completely.

He said: “This coming year, I’ll hit a milestone Stone Age, which during a conversation with a friend became a topic of jovial banter – ‘You should celebrate by doing something grand, like shave off your beard’.

“I have worn a beard for 28 years and at first was totally against the idea.

“However, always game for something different I did consider the thought for a while.

“Having known Heather Penwarden for several years with her work for the Honiton Hospital Friends I found out about her dedication to promoting awareness regarding Alzheimer’s and difficulties not just for the sufferers but for the family and friends who have to watch this tragic illness take over their loved ones.

“I am taking the plunge against my wife’s affection to my once well-kept trimmed beard and allowing it to grow to however it wishes until April 21.

“I will then be placed down in Alan Rowe’s barber seat to be completely clean shaven, in the hope of raising a substantial amount of money to help support the worthy cause of an Admiral Nurse.”

Heather Penwarden, chair of Honiton Dementia Action Alliance said: “We wish Nigel well in his hairy challenge and more photos will follow as his beard grows.

“Following the amazing start in 2017 to bring an Admiral Nurse to Honiton we are looking forward to building on this for the year ahead.

“Our aim is over two years to raise £150,000 which would enable us to secure a much-needed dementia specialist nurse on an initial three year contract.

“Once we reach our target, the nurse will be recruited by Dementia UK and work within our community team based at Honiton Hospital.

“We know this is a long-term fundraising project and are extremely grateful to every individual and group who have offered support in many different and creative ways.

“If you have any ideas about how you could support our campaign however small or grand then please do get in touch with me on 07966135442 or email through”

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