From award winner, to #10kForNurses fundraiser
Lily’s caring personality was formed at an early age growing up with her sister Mary who has Down’s Syndrome. Lily loved the time she spent looking after Mary and this experience spurred her on to find a career caring for others. After working as a healthcare assistant (HCA) for a few months caring for elderly patients, Lily realised that a career in nursing was her dream.
“I saw the amazing difference that nurses make to their patients – particularly vulnerable patients. So, I was motivated to apply for a post-graduate course to try to make that difference myself.”
Lily has completed her first year of the PGDip course in Adult Nursing at King’s College London and she and some of her fellow student nurses are in training for their #10kForNurses challenge in October to raise money for nurses suffering hardship.
“We are running the “Run with the Girls” 10k in Hyde Park in London and we can’t wait! Nurses are facing countless challenges at the moment, inside and outside of the hospital. We want to be part of the message being sent to nurses by Cavell Nurses’ Trust saying: you are not alone, we will stand together.”
Lily heard about the support that Cavell Nurses’ Trust provides to nurses, midwives and HCAs when they’re facing hardship, often due to illness, disability, domestic abuse and older age, when she applied for the Edith Cavell Leadership Award at the annual Cavell Awards in June 2017. An award she went on to win.
“I was particularly moved by Edith Cavell’s philosophy of being totally unprejudiced and providing unbiased care to whomever should need it. I was further moved by the fantastic work that the charity does to support nurses in hardship – nurses who perhaps need more help now than ever before.”
With training well underway, Lily and her team are squeezing their running around 12 hour nursing shifts and assignment deadlines.
“Training’s going well so far and we’re really excited to wear the Cavell colours and fly the flag. I’m sure the cause we’re running for will motivate us all to get over the finish line!”
Lily has advice for anyone else thinking of fundraising for Cavell Nurses’ Trust.
“The sky’s the limit! I’ve done some fundraising in the past – raffles, baking, singing – so don’t feel you have to do a run. Play to your strengths and do something fun and include other people. Take plenty of pictures and enjoy yourself! That’s the best way to engage people in your fundraising story.”
Find out how you can join the #10kForNurses team and take on your own 10k challenge...