RCN Foundation helps nurses recover from Cumbrian floods

RCN and Queen's Nursing Institute reach out to nursing staff affected by extreme weather

Nursing staff affected by the floods in Cumbria are being helped by grants from the RCN Foundation benevolent fund.

Thousands in Cumbria had to be evacuated from their homes when devastating floods struck on several occasions this month. Nursing staff were among the victims of the floods, many having to leave their homes while others worked extra shifts helping those affected.

Nurses also played a vital role caring for patients and maintaining safety in hospitals left without power.    

RCN Foundation trustee and RCN council member Ian Norris, and RCN Cumbria branch chair Billy Drysdale went to see local nurses who are rebuilding their lives and communities following the storms. The visit will inform plans to give grants to affected nurses as part of a new project from the benevolent fund. 

The benevolent fund provides vital support to nurses and their families in times of need and is available for all nursing staff regardless of whether they are a member of the RCN and irrespective of current employment status.

Mr Norris said: ‘Nursing staff provide essential care for patients all year round, but it is in times of disaster that their skills and qualities really shine through. These floods have taken the homes and security of many of our nurses, yet they have dedicated themselves to caring for those in need and helping to repair their communities.’

Funding is also being offered by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) which is offering discretionary payments of £500 to nurses affected by the floods.

Nurses needing to apply for hardship funding from the RCN Foundation should telephone 020 7647 3645 or go to the RCN Foundation website where you can also donate to support nurses in times of need.

QNI funding and donations can be accessed by emailing

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