Honiton barber blown away with support of ‘copper’ fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 14:30 19 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 22 February 2018

Ben and Ollie Smith with Pauline Rowe.

Ben and Ollie Smith with Pauline Rowe.


A Honiton barber says he is overwhelmed with the public’s response to a small fundraising initiative to support the town’s Admiral Nurse campaign.

Alan Rowe MBE, who runs his shop in High Street, has been running a ‘Fill Our Boots Copper Appeal’ – which encourages people to put their old copper coins in glass boots.

He said: “The idea is a light hearted way of keeping the Admiral Nurse appeal in the public eye as well as raising funds from shrapnel that many put in a jar or similar.

“Hopefully, this will supply small amounts of money on a regular basis to achieve the aim of a permanent Admiral Nurse for Honiton within three years.”

Mr Rowe said he has had a ‘fantastic’ response to the initiative so far, adding: “We have had people come in with carrier bags full of coins!

“We never thought people would be so kind.”

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