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New dementia specialists nurses to be funded by donation from wound up care provider

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Dementia UK, the charity providing specialist dementia support via its Admiral nursing service, has received an “unexpected” donation that it says it will use to fund 16 more specialist nurse posts.

It has been handed £400,000 by accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson after the solvent liquidation of a care home and sheltered accommodation provider.

“This £400,000 will help fund 16 new Admiral nurses in areas we currently do not cover”

Hilda Hayo

The money, following the voluntary winding up of the Careways Trust Ltd, will provide 16 new specialist dementia nurses in areas that are not currently covered by the charity’s existing posts.

Careways – formerly the Crossways Trust – was set up as a charity in 1949 by 22 member benevolent funds to provide auxiliary care and accommodation for their elderly or infirm beneficiaries.

Dementia UK was chosen to receive the donation because it operates in a similar field to Careways, by providing care to those most in need and via a collaborative approach with other organisations.

Dementia UK chief executive Dr Hilda Hayo said: “We are delighted to receive such a large donation which will enable us to support even more families living with and affected by dementia.

“This £400,000 will help fund 16 new Admiral nurses in areas we currently do not cover – Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Bedfordshire.”

She added: “Careways Trust operated with an ethos of compassionate care and we are grateful to them for handing us this baton.”

Admiral nurses offer one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions to the challenges facing families living with dementia, which can be hard to find elsewhere.

They work alongside families affected by dementia, giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions, helping families face dementia with more confidence and less fear.

Dementia UK was founded by the family of Joseph Levy, who had vascular dementia. He loved sailing and was affectionately known as “Admiral Joe”, after whom the charity’s 222 specialist nurses are named.

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