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Nurses collect donations for students affected by building fire

Fellow university students and local nursing staff offer support after flats destroyed

Fellow university students and local nursing staff offer support after flats destroyed

Picture shows the burning building in Bolton from which students were evacuated, with fire engines in a nearby street. Members of the nursing community have rallied round to help those affected.
Picture: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Members of the nursing community have rallied round to help those affected by a fire that destroyed a block of flats and in which more than 200 University of Bolton students were living.

Images on social media show nursing students taking donations for those affected to the university, while nurses at a neonatal intensive care unit at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust collected donations including toiletries, clothing and food.

Donations for those affected

Trust director of nursing and deputy chief executive Trish Armstrong-Child said: ‘We know that we have caring and compassionate staff here, and the fact that they have arranged donations for the students affected by the fire proves this. I’m very proud of our team.’

Around 200 firefighters tackled the blaze in the six-storey building on 15 November, according to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. Two people were treated by paramedics at the scene.

No nursing students were among those affected, a university spokesperson said.

The university has offered affected students temporary accommodation and £500 each, in addition to access to donations of essential supplies such as food and clothing. A JustGiving fundraising appeal has raised £15,000.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.


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