Honiton Admiral Nurse campaign raises £20k in the first six months

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 April 2018

Win Cameron, Heather Penwarden, Duncan Sheridan-Shaw, Ian Carvell, Steve Craddock, Sue Smith, Graham Smith. Photo: David Penwarden

Win Cameron, Heather Penwarden, Duncan Sheridan-Shaw, Ian Carvell, Steve Craddock, Sue Smith, Graham Smith. Photo: David Penwarden

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How wonderful it is that every week thanks to the support of the Herald I am able to share good news and updates on the progress of our campaign to bring specialist support to families living with dementia in Honiton and the surrounding villages.

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When we started out on this venture last September, our first task was to explain about Admiral Nursing and raise awareness about why we need such a nurse for our community.

We are humbled by how many of you have been touched by this appeal and we are in awe of the huge range of individuals, groups and organisations who have stepped forward in support.

I am absolutely delighted to say that in our first six months alone we have managed to bank just over £20,000 in our Dementia UK account for Honiton. Every penny of this has come from our community and we are so grateful to each and every one of you who have contributed to this most fantastic start to our campaign.

Whilst our initial target to reach £150,000 will enable us to start off the recruitment process, this campaign is ongoing for hopefully many years to come. Once we have our Honiton Admiral Nurse in place, they will very quickly, I am sure, prove their worth and become an invaluable member of our Community Care Team based at Honiton Hospital.

So we do not rest on our laurels but carry on with all the good fundraising work and in our aim to inspire and support others to work with us in our campaign.

Leading up to Easter we had two awareness days, one at the Co-op and one at Tesco, which provided a great opportunity for us to meet many of you and answers questions about the role of an Admiral Nurse.

Over these days we received £264 in donations from you and sold £500 worth of Easter raffle tickets.

Thank you to Co-op and to Iceland in the town, which both provided chocolate goodies for the hamper.

The draw was made at The Beehive on Maundy Thursday with the lucky winner of the hamper being Jo Robson.

If you are moved to help us in any way with our campaign then please do get in touch through our email info@honitondaa.org.uk or by phoning me on 07966 135442 or you can make a donation online through www.justgiving.com/honitonadmiralnurse

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