Honiton Admiral Nurse

Aiming to raise £150,000 for a much needed specialist support for families living with dementia


HDAA Admiral Nurse Logo Honiton Dementia Action Alliance seeks to improve the lives of families living with dementia by raising awareness in our local community and supporting dementia friendly activities such as the nostalgic cinema, pub lunch club, and ambling group.

However great these supportive informal networks are, we know that the real challenges are faced at home on a daily basis.

There are about 200 people living in the Honiton area with a diagnosis of dementia and as those who are living with dementia know it does not just affect one person but touches the whole family.

In 2017 we approached Dementia UK, a national charity that provides specialist dementia support for families through their Admiral Nurse service. Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, Admiral Nurses work alongside people with dementia, their families and carers: giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical.

We were delighted when Dementia UK agreed to support us in working towards having our own Admiral Nurse service where families can be referred by their GP.

Our initial aim is to raise £150,000 which will enable us to secure a 3-year contract for a highly qualified dementia specialist nurse who will be based in our community team alongside NHS community nurses and social care workers. This will then give us more time to work on funding for the 4th year and beyond.

With the help of a weekly column in our local newspaper the Midweek Herald we been working hard to raise awareness about Dementia UK and the role of an Admiral Nurse and to hopefully inspire local individuals, groups and organisations to raise funds for a Dementia UK Admiral Nurse for Honiton.

Over this short period of time we have been astounded and humbled but the way our local community has taken this cause to their hearts and minds and we have heard many examples of the different ways and reasons people have donated.

Kicked off by our local barber Alan Rowe we went on to receive donations from kind individuals and groups like the Honiton Lions, Awliscombe and Weston Village and the Honiton Ladies Golf team. The Beehive Community Centre donated the proceeds from a wonderful evening of Flanders and Swann songs and many of you supported collections we had at Honiton Leisure Centre and Honiton Tesco and the Mega Christmas Raffle organised by Graham and Sue Smith.

With all this activity we have raised so far an amazing £7000 which will be sent to Dementia UK to be specifically used for Honiton. In addition to this £5000 has been sent by donors direct to Dementia UK for Honiton so that gives us a grand total of £12,000 towards an Admiral Nurse for Honiton.

This is absolutely fantastic and a great start to what will be an ongoing fundraising venture.

We believe that everyone who needs the support of a specialist dementia nurse should get one and that is why with your help we are working hard to have a Dementia UK Admiral Nurse in Honiton.

We would like to thank each and every one of you who have supported us so far and we are looking forward to working with more of you in the year ahead.

For details on how to get involved you can contact me on 07966 135442 or email info@honitondaa.org.uk.

Donations can be made online through www.justgiving.com/honitonadmiralnurse and cheques sent to me made payable to “Honiton Admiral Nurse”

For information about Dementia UK visit www.dementiauk.org

Heather Penwarden

Honiton Dementia Action Alliance
February 2018