HONITON ADMIRAL NURSE: A thank-you letter from the committee

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 May 2018

The Admiral Nurse campaign committee. (L-R): Graham Smith (treasurer), Win Cameron, Duncan Sheridan-Shaw, Heather Penwarden, Ian Carvell (Honiton Tesco store manager), Steve Craddock and Sue Smith.

The Admiral Nurse campaign committee. (L-R): Graham Smith (treasurer), Win Cameron, Duncan Sheridan-Shaw, Heather Penwarden, Ian Carvell (Honiton Tesco store manager), Steve Craddock and Sue Smith.

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When Honiton Dementia Action Alliance first identified a real need for specialist support for families living with dementia in our community, we were to be honest a little daunted about the enormity of the fund raising task required to get to the point where we could secure our own Admiral Nurse for Honiton.

At £50,000 a year we agreed that if we were going to try this then we would aim initially to raise enough funds to secure an Admiral Nurse on a three-year contract and that would probably take us about three years to achieve. We were also aware that even getting to this point would only be the start of an ongoing and sustained effort of fundraising to enable us to retain this valuable support for families well into the future.

Today I want from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of all families touched by dementia now and in the future to give our most grateful thanks to the amazing support given by the people of Honiton to this campaign.

Your enthusiasm and drive in getting behind us and contributing in hundreds of different ways has been most humbling and goes to show what a community can achieve when it pulls together for a common cause.

In the eight months since we launched the campaign not a week has gone by without someone from Honiton contacting me to offer support in one way or another. From individuals stopping me in the High Street to hand me a £20 note, to all the groups and organisations who have put on events or named us as their charity of the year, to the Scouts who saved pennies for us and to our most awe inspiring students from Honiton Community College for their incredible fundraising efforts and not to mention those individuals who are doing incredible and sometimes quite frankly crazy things for sponsorship.

With the addition of the most generous support of the Honiton Hospital League of Friends we are now ready to start the process of looking for the right person to fill the post of Honiton Admiral Nurse.

The Honiton Admiral Nurse Campaign team thank each and every one of you along with the Midweek Herald for your weekly coverage that has without doubt helped us in only eight short months get to a point where we can start the process of recruiting our Honiton Admiral Nurse.

This is an incredible achievement for a community the size of ours and one that we should all be truly proud of.

Our campaign continues now with all sails up to keep our Honiton Admiral Nurse in place for many years to come and I hope you will remain on board ship with us on this incredible voyage in support of all families living with dementia in our community.

Heather Penwarden and the Honiton Admiral Nurse Campaign Team

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