We’ve done it! Honiton will aim to recruit an Admiral Nurse THIS year!

PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:21 01 June 2018

The Memory Cafe's Admiral Nurse Heidi Crook. Ref shs 10 18TI 9026. Picture: Terry Ife

The Memory Cafe's Admiral Nurse Heidi Crook. Ref shs 10 18TI 9026. Picture: Terry Ife


Honiton will receive expert dementia care for years to come after the town’s hospital League of Friends (Lof) agreed to fulfil a £130,000 funding grant to recruit an Admiral Nurse.

The groundbreaking decision means work can begin the process to recruit the specialist dementia nurse on a three-year contract by the end of the year.

Since September last year, a committee has been driving a campaign to raise £150,000 to bring an Admiral Nurse to Honiton.

Eight months of steady fundraising, comprising a vast variety of initiatives and events, has already seen £25,000 poured into the funding pot.

However, work can now start to bring the specialist dementia nurse to Honiton two-and-a-half years earlier than anticipated after LoF members agreed to donate £130,000 to the campaign at a meeting on Tuesday evening (May 22).

Mrs Penwarden, who is also chair of Honiton Dementia Action Alliance, said: “When we launched this campaign in September, we fully expected that it would take us three years of hard work and fundraising to get to the point where we could go to recruitment for an Admiral Nurse.

“We were on target for this, with all the wonderful support we were getting from our community.

“On Tuesday evening, the Friends of the Honiton Hospital voted unanimously to support a proposal to donate £130,000 from LoF funds to support an Admiral Nurse for Honiton.

“This generous offer has enabled to now go to recruitment, and it might well be possible we have our Admiral Nurse in position within a year of launching the campaign.”

The funding has come in the form of ‘legacies’ – money left in wills belonging to patients of Honiton Hospital.

In the last 12 months, the LoF has received five legacies to the tune of £472,277.

Mrs Penwarden added: “It is these legacies that have made the difference.

“We are enormously grateful to the people who thought about us when writing their wills and to their trustees and families who have executed their requests.

“These legacies will make a huge difference to the healthcare and wellbeing of people living within our communities in many different ways, but especially through the recruitment of an Admiral Nurse.”

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