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Admiral Nurses celebrate a year of success with afternoon tea party

17 June 2013

Admiral Nurses Tea PartyThe Royal British Legion’s Admiral Nurse Service celebrated its one year anniversary on Sunday 16 June by hosting a special afternoon tea party for people with dementia and their carers in Blackpool.

Lead Admiral Nurse, Paula Smith, and her team of nurses from the Legion’s Lancashire office organised the event at Blackpool’s Imperial Hotel to mark a successful 12 months providing support and advice to carers and families of those living with dementia within the Armed Forces community.

The service, in partnership with Dementia UK, currently operates in Lancashire and the West Midlands. During the last year, the Admiral Nurse team has helped 260 families in the North West by assessing their needs and providing them with specialist information so that they are fully equipped to care for loved ones with dementia.

The tea party provided much-needed relief for 110 carers and relatives as they enjoyed afternoon tea, entertainment from Albie Hilton Quartet and a guard of honour from local cadets.

One carer that enjoyed the event was John McCartney from Fulwood, Preston. John, 69, a former Major in the Army, cares for his wife Marie, 68, who has dementia. John contacted the Legion for help in March and Admiral Nurse, Rachael Clarke, has helped arrange hospital appointments, referrals to care services and also helped John to ensure that he was providing the best care for his wife.

John said: “I can’t thank Rachael and the team enough for everything they’ve done to help me support my wife. It took almost six years for us to get a proper diagnosis for Marie, which was quite a stressful time, so it’s great that Rachael has stepped in and took control of things for us now. The Nurses do a great job and this party gave us all the chance to thank them for their support.”

Laura Morton, Head of Care Services, said: “'Everyone enjoyed the afternoon and, on chatting with the carers and families, it was very apparent that the Admiral Nurse service is having a positive impact on their lives and enabling them to carry on caring for their loved ones at home.”

The Royal British Legion spends £1.6 million a week on direct care and support for the whole Armed Forces family, past and present. To qualify for support, the person with dementia or the carer needs to be a beneficiary of the Legion.

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