The Fund Raising Group have been busy from the start of 2019 as we need to raise £50,000 each year to keep our Admiral Nurse in place. January was the first of this years’ fundraising events when local historian Jonathan Walker spoke on the heroines in the SME during WWII at Sidmouth Rugby Club. As well as listening to a most interesting talk everyone enjoyed their pasty and free drink. In total almost £900 was raised for the Admiral Nurse Appeal.

Kennaway House in Sidmouth was the venue in March for a Traditional Afternoon English Tea event. Jethro Marles was our guest speaker and he entertained us with a most interesting talk about his work within the jewellery trade. He also gave valuations to people who had brought items of jewellery along. The afternoon was a great success and enjoyed by all. Thanks to our wonderful catering and waitress teams. Just over £1,000 was raised from this event – a truly magnificent sum.

In May a Barn Dance was held at the Donkey Sanctuary dancing to a local band “A bit of Rough” and giving excellent instructions given by the caller. Refreshments for the evening was a delicious ploughman’s supper and a bar was on tap to give the dancers liquid sustenance. A further £600 was added to the Admiral Nurse appeal from this fun evening.

May saw the, now traditional and well known, Salcombe Regis Country Fair take place and The Admiral Nurse Appeal was selected as one of the 5 benefitting charities for 2019. The Fair is run by the local Church with half the profits going to nominated charities and the other half to the Church. A cheque for £600 was presented to the Charity this month.

Barbara Mence, an accomplished gardener opened her delightful Sidmouth garden for a weekend in June in aid of the Admiral Nurse Appeal. The garden and the weather were delightful and the teas and cakes served were scrumptious! £250 was raised during the weekend!

Future planned events:

August 18th – 20th Devon County Cricket will be playing at Sidmouth and the Sid Valley Memory Café – Admiral Nurse Appeal have been asked to run a daily raffle over the three days We will be sharing the profit made with the Norman Shepherd Cricket Trust and Sidmouth Hospiscare. Please come along to enjoy the cricket and support our Admiral Nurse Appeal. For this event we would welcome donations of raffle prizes.


During the morning of September 28th we are teaming up with Dementia UK to raise funds specifically for the Sid Valley Admiral Nurse. There will be a street collection in Sidmouth in aid of the Admiral Nurse Appeal. Please spare some change when you see our volunteer collectors.


We will be looking for teams of up to 6 people to enter a Quiz to be held at the Sidmouth Conservative Club on Friday November 1st. There will be more information on this event and other events to follow.


As for all our events we need volunteers to help run them and if you have time on your hands and would like to join the Admiral Nurse Fund Raising Committee we would love to hear from you. We are already thinking of fund raising ideas for 2020

Annette Newman

Member of the Admiral Nurse Fund Raising Group