University of Leicester

Toni Warden is a 2nd year Nursing student at University of Leicester, studying MSci Nursing with Leadership Dual Registration Mental Health & Child. Toni chose nursing as she was passionate about wanting to care for and help children in a life-changing way. She was also ready to take her life in a new direction and face a new challenge. Toni was inspired to fundraise for Cavell Nurses’ Trust as part of #10kForNurses 2019 as she has personal experience of adversity and understands the impact that help can make.

“I now feel very fortunate to be where I am today” says Toni “so it was only natural for me to give my time and energy to help others in similar situations.”

Along with fellow students and lecturers, Toni organised a 10km walk around Leicester starting on campus at Victoria Park. The group then passed along the River Soar and finished at Abbey Park before finishing with a celebratory drink at a local pub. They also held a bake sale at the University campus to boost donations.

“Both students and lecturers participated in #10kForNurses in various ways. There were students who took part in a 10km walk, some who gave their time to bake for our bake sale, and others who gave up their lunch breaks to sell cakes. Even the ones who purchased yummy cakes contributed!”

Taking part in #10kForNurses helped Toni and her fellow students get up and active, but found there were unexpected benefits to taking part.

“It felt great to come together and raise money for such a good cause. It was a great afternoon and a fabulous way for the freshers students to mingle with the other nurses and make new friendships.”

The group from the University of Leicester raised a fantastic amount for nursing professionals in hardship, so are they planning on taking part again?

“It was easy to organise and very rewarding for everyone involved. We’ll certainly be taking part again this year, so watch this space!”

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