Read Ruth’s story - how a bit of help at the right time made such a difference.
"After years of hard work, I was overjoyed when I qualified as a midwife. It had been my dream for so long, I couldn’t believe that I had finally achieved it.
"Unfortunately, it came at a tough time. I had recently separated from my partner, and was now a single parent to my son, juggling childcare with my part-time midwifery hours was difficult. I was working 15 hours a week and even with a second job in my local café, it wasn’t enough. Money was tight, bills were piling up, and I had rent to pay.
"And this was all happening just before Christmas.
"I’d contacted Citizen’s Advice and my local council for help but they said there was nothing they could do. I felt I’d exhausted all the possibilities open to me. It was an incredibly stressful time and I felt very bleak about the prospects for myself and my son at a time of year which is usually so positive, with people full of hope.
"It was then that I discovered Cavell Nurses’ Trust. When I told them of my situation, the Welfare team reassured me that they could help. For the first time in ages, I was relieved and overwhelmed with gratitude. It wasn’t just the money, it was the ‘how are you?’, ‘how are you managing?’ After feeling so disheartened, these simple words were amazing to hear and made me feel that there was someone who would listen, someone who cared.
"With their support, I was soon able to pay off outstanding bills and my son and I could look forward to a safe, positive Christmas. This help meant I was able to continue working until my hours became full time in the New Year. Since then I've been working as a full time midwife and I love caring for women and their families.
"I am incredibly thankful to Cavell Nurses’ Trust for their help, if it hadn’t have been for their support and compassion, I wouldn’t have been able to get this far. They made me think ‘I can do this’, that little bit of help got me back on my feet and I became empowered again."
Cavell Nurses’ Trust provided vital help at the right time, the impact of this support is clear from Ruth’s story.
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£50 helps a nurse fleeing domestic abuse this winter make vital purchases quickly
£100 can help a midwife facing severe difficulties, like me, pay emergency bills at Christmas
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