‘It’s really important the Sid Valley has an Admiral Nurse’

PUBLISHED: 16:28 04 June 2016

Roger and Susan Trumper with Mary Parkes and Helen Nelhams before their gospel choir evening. Ref shs 22-16TI 1354. Picture: Terry Ife

Roger and Susan Trumper with Mary Parkes and Helen Nelhams before their gospel choir evening. Ref shs 22-16TI 1354. Picture: Terry Ife

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Sidmouth Gospel Choir hopes to hit all the right notes to boost the coffers for the Admiral Nurse Campaign.

Helen Nelhams has helped to organise the event, as her father Brian was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014, shortly before she moved to the town.

Her mother, Alison Black, raised more than £1,700 for the campaign back in January by hosting a palm court-style cream tea.

Unable to help her mother and sister Mary Parks on the day, Helen has joined forces with Susan Trumper to help organise the choir’s monthly concert.

The mother-of-five said: “I had never heard of an Admiral Nurse before in my life until the campaign started.

“My mum Alison volunteered at the memory cafe before my dad was diagnosed and now they go together.

“I think it’s really important the Sid Valley has its own nurse as it has one of the highest percentages of people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

“It is important for the area that we have one.”

The concert will take place on Saturday, June 11, in All Saints Church. It is free to attend with a retiring collection at the end.

Proceeds from the event will be split between the appeal and Sat7, a satellite television charity which helps local churches in the Middle East and Africa create educational broadcasts in communities where Christians are a minority.

Susan Trumper said: “We do a concert every month; different members of the choir can organise it for their special charity.”

The Admiral Nurse Campaign was launched by the Sid Valley Memory Cafe and the Herald last May and has raised more than £92,000 to date.

Adrian Ford, trustee for the memory cafe, said: “We are delighted that the Sidmouth Gospel Choir has chosen our campaign for an Admiral Nurse for the Sid Valley to benefit from the retiring collection at their next concert.

“Their support will help to ensure that we secure an Admiral Nurse this year, who will make a big difference to so many families in our area.”


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