Admiral Nurse campaign gets £1,000 from a bike trip down memory lane

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:31 20 September 2017

Heather Penwarden received a cheque for £1,000 from Alan Rowe and his team.

Heather Penwarden received a cheque for £1,000 from Alan Rowe and his team.

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The campaign to bring a much-needed Admiral Nurse to Honiton is getting off to an excellent start this week.

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This is thanks to a big community response in getting behind our goal to raise an initial £150,000 to bring the nurse to Honiton.

Working in partnership with Dementia UK, the charity that provides specialist dementia support to families through their Admiral Nurse service, achieving this target will enable to us to secure a three-year contract for the specialist dementia support that will be of such great benefit to local families.

Honiton barber Alan Rowe, along with members of his staff, family and customers, has backed the cause and last Saturday he presented £1,000 raised by the shop’s cycling team.

The fantastic total was raised from their 85-mile ‘Memory Lane Trip’ last month.

We cannot thank Alan enough for leading the way with our campaign and showing what can be achieved.

Two other major organisations in the town have come out in full support of the campaign.

Tesco Stores and LED Leisure are both taking their part in the first major fundraising and awareness event for the Honiton Admiral Nurse.

The special event is being held at Honiton Leisure Centre this Saturday (September 16).

Honiton Leisure Centre is opening its doors to help promote the campaign and the Honiton Admiral Nurse steering group will be offering refreshments and information about Dementia UK and the Admiral Nurses they train, develop and support.

For all Strictly Come Dancing fans, fun dancing lessons will be held in the dance studio.

At 3pm, Glen Bayliss will lead a session of Ballroom Dancing followed by folk dancing with caller Rosie Shaw and musicians from the Ivor Hyde Band at 4.30pm.

There is no charge but donations to the fund will be most welcome.

The leisure centre is benefiting from brand new gym equipment and enhanced studios which are being launched on this day.

Everyone is welcome to drop in and from 8am there will be a range of sessions available to try out the new facilities.

Tesco are also promoting the event from their Honiton store where they will be running a ‘Healthy Hamper Raffle’ for customers to take part in.

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