Fundraising drive at Honiton barbershop prove pennies have a purpose

Customers at Alan Rowe Barbering who have supported the shop's copper appeal.

Customers at Alan Rowe Barbering who have supported the shop's copper appeal. - Credit: Archant

These are just some of the faces in Honiton’s community who have donated copper pennies to the tune of £500 - all for the town’s Admiral Nurse campaign.

The owners of a Honiton barbershop says they have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the response to its fundraiser to support the town’s campaign.

Alan and Pauline Rowe, of Alan Rowe Barbering, launched a ‘copper appeal’ for the campaign in January, which asked customers to fill two glass boots with one and two pence coins.

Alan said: “To raise £500 in just three months shows how kind this community is.

“I am very grateful and proud of the shop for getting behind something behinds something else that is new.

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“I think it has been a colossal effort, with customers showing just what they can do for the town. They are remarkable.”

Alan said it is not just older community figures who have contributed to the fundraiser - donations have come in from ‘across the board’.

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He added: “In one instance, a gent explained it to his granddaughter and she said ‘I have some pennies in my savings’ - and brought them down.

“We have had people struggle in with carrier bags full of coins.”

Alan said the fundraiser would continue to be run for as long as the Admiral Nurse campaign needed it.

The campaign is aiming to raise £150,000 to bring the specialist dementia nurse to serve Honiton and surrounding areas.

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