Source: The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Edith Louise Cavell (1865-1915) Available from: www.rcn.org.uk [Accessed:January 2014] Source: www.edithcavell.org.uk
Cavell Nurses' Trust provides vital support to all UK nurses during very difficult times, offering help to up to 650,000 registered nurses, midwives, health care assistants, student nurses and retired nurses who have given a lifetime of caring and compassion. Cavell Nurses' Trust, formerly known as NurseAid, was originally set up in 1917 following the public outcry that followed the death of Edith Cavell. Many members of the public sent donations in memory of Edith and these formed a source of funds they still use to help nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in their time of need. With over 98 years’ experience of helping healthcare professionals, the Trust provide financial grants, advice and support. In 2012 alone, Cavell Nurses’ Trust gave £414,557 in grants to over 550 nurses and provided advice and support to over 1,000 nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in their time of need. For more information, including a form to check if you’re eligible for their support, click here to visit the Trust website.
The scholarship scheme aims to recognise and celebrate exceptional student nurses and midwives from across the UK. Students have the opportunity to win one of five scholarship prize funds to be used for working placements either abroad or in the UK, runners up will also win a laptop to help with their studies. The 2013 scholarship award winners The award categories are; community award, outstanding academic achievement award, outstanding student midwife award, outstanding student nurse award and Edith Cavell leadership award. The awards are designed to help nursing and midwifery students at the start of their careers and are open to students currently studying nursing or midwifery on undergraduate/postgraduate or diploma courses at Universities in the UK. The 2013-14 awards were held on 19th March at The Fishmonger's Hall in London, to find out more about the award winners click here. The 2014 award entries open on 1st September, for more information click here.
2015 marks the centenary of Edith’s death, Cavell Nurses’ Trust are planning events for both London and Norwich, which will be available on their website shortly.
Cavell Nurses’ Trust publish a seasonal newsletter called Inspire which keeps its readers up-to-date with fundraising in aid of the trust, commemoration services for Edith and general information important to people who invest their lives as caring nurses.
The trust arrange a number of activities to raise vital funds to help the UK’s nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants facing hardship and you can get involved! Activities range from cake sales to climbing the highest peak in the Snowdonia National Park. For more information on how you can raise money for Cavell Nurses’ Trust click here.