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Big rise in number of nurses seeking charity aid

The Cavell Nurses Trust has revealed it expects to have received 2,000 enquiries for help by the end of the year, nearly half as many more than it did in 2015.

The Cavell Nurses Trust has revealed it expects to have received 2,000 enquiries for help by the end of the year, nearly half as many more than it did in 2015.


Many nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants struggle to pay bills
or deal with health issues. Picture: Alamy

The charity, which helps nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who have fallen on hard times, says the number of applicants for aid is up 43% on last year.

The plight of many nurses was highlighted in a Cavell Nurses Trust report in October, revealing that many struggle to pay bills or deal with health issues.

The Skint, shaken, yet still caring report revealed nurses are twice as likely to suffer financial hardship and three times more likely to face domestic abuse than members of the public.

Cavell Angels 

The organisation thanked its ‘Cavell Angels’ – members of the public who donated to its cause in 2016 – and said it was looking forward to 2017.

A message on the trust’s website reads: ‘[We] hope you will be a part of the support team that helps Cavell Nurses’ Trust provide vital funds and help to nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who need it.

‘There are so many reasons people contact us for help – illness, disability, older age, domestic abuse – and we’ll all, at some point in our lives, meet a nurse.

How to help 

‘Have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the Cavell team.’

Examples of how donations help the cause include: £5 to help a nurse with cancer travel for treatment; £15 to help to cover one week’s electricity bill for a retired nurse and £50 to help provide clothes for a nurse who has lost weight after serious illness.

Everyone that donates to the charity before Christmas will receive a ‘Cavell Angel’ badge.


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