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#10kForNurses is back!

The #10kForNurses team smashed the £10k target last year, raising £15,000 to support nursing professionals in hardship.

This year it's back and braver than before!

After the success of 2017, we're calling on nurses to help support colleagues in crisis by getting involved in the #10kForNurses campaign this October.

We're the charity supporting nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship and we're striving to meet a huge increase in calls for help. In the last three years, we've seen a 100% rise in nursing professionals asking for support, from 1,100 in 2014 to more than 2,200 in 2017.

Fundraising Manager Victoria Lewis explains:

“The hardship that nurses often face is wide-spread and on the increase. Whilst we’re pleased to be supporting more nursing professionals than ever, we can only help them with the aid of our fantastic supporters.

“We were blown away with the reaction to #10kForNurses last year so it’s back, bigger and braver than before! Anyone can get involved and do 10k their way in the month of October – run, bike, walk, swim! There are also two new activities, a skydiving day on 6th October and a trek up Mount Snowdon on 13th October. But you don’t have to be an active type, for example you could bake 10k calories and sell them in a cake sale. There’s something for everyone to do, so I would urge nurses to get involved and support their colleagues.”

We've already had 53 people sign up to #10kForNurses and we're looking for many more. We're also delighted that companies are also keen to get involved and sponsor the campaign.

James Manthel, Director at Espirita Workforce Solutions explains “We can’t wait to take part in the Snowdon trek in October. It’ll be a challenge but that’s nothing compared to the plight of nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who have spent their lives caring for others and are now in desperate need of help themselves.”

Sarah Regan, Marketing Manager at Thornbury Nursing Services says “We are once again incredibly proud to be able to support Cavell Nurses’ Trust. We have witnessed the incredible difference their support has made to the lives of nurses, midwives and HCAs across the UK, some of whom have worked for us. We’re excited and nervous to take on the 10k Snowdon Trek in October. Here’s to the blood, sweat, tears and blisters that we will no doubt endure but most importantly, here’s to raising money for the life savers, shoulders to cry on, hand holders and absolute inspirations - our nurses!”

So get your nursing team together and work out how you can do '10k YOUR way' this October. Find out how to join the #10ForNurses team...

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Our first ever Care & Cake Garden Party!

The sun was shining on Friday June 22nd as we held the first ever Care & Cake Garden Party at Highbury Hall in Birmingham, sponsored by LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare.

The event brought together nursing professionals from across the Midlands and further afield for a special celebration of the nursing profession. We also welcomed supporters of Cavell Nurses' Trust, past, present and future to give an update on our work and our exciting plans for the rest of the year!

Afternoon tea was served and attendees had the opportunity to create a special sand sculpture representing the various layers of the nursing profession. There was also an opportunity for nurses to leave their advice to nurses of the future.

Highbury Hall itself has a rich history, having been Birmingham Mayor Joseph Chamberlain's family home for many years before acting as an auxiliary hospital during WW1. The home housed 150 beds in 19 wards with both nurses and Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) tending to patients.

See the photos from the day

#10kForNurses is back!

We took the opportunity at the garden party to launch the 2nd year of our #10kForNurses campaign, where supporters can do '10k their way'. So if you are a runner, walker, baker or knitter, there are lots of ways to get involved and raise vital funds for nurses facing hardship. Find out more about the campaign below:

Join the  #10kForNurses team

Special Guest

We were honoured to be joined by Aneira Thomas, the first baby born on the NHS in 1948. Named after the Welsh politician Aneurin Bevin, the chief architect of the NHS which came into being at midnight on Monday 5th July 1948. One minute later, baby Aneria was born. Her link to the NHS has continued throughout her life, working as she did for 28 years as a mental health nurse.

Attendees at the party shared their day on Twitter: 

Would you like to join us at next year's Care & Cake garden party?
We invite everyone who gets involved with Cavell Nurses' Trust to our garden party - whether you are a donor, award winner or have shared information on your ward, we'd love you to be there with us next year. To find out more about how you can get involved with our work, please click on the link below:

Find out how you can get involved

 

A big thank you to our sponsors for the Care & Cake Garden Party 2018, LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare.

Thank you also to our photographer, Amy-Rose Deffley, and raffle prize donors, Dauntless Gin and Majestic Wine Shirley.

UoN fantastic fundraisers

University of Northampton students and staff have raised an impressive £1393 for Cavell Nurses’ Trust in the last year so far to support nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who are suffering hardship.

The Faculty of Health and Society at the university has been busy holding events such as a Hawaiian themed graduation raffle, a candle sale and a cake sale for International Nurses’ Day event. Lecturer John Turnbull ran the Great North Run last September raising £450 and enjoyed it so much he’ll be running again this year for Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

So what inspired the nursing team at the University of Northampton to get involved? The BSc Nursing Academics told us,

“We were very mindful of the excellent yet sometimes challenging role of the nurse and how at times those who have cared for others may find it hard to get the care and support they need themselves.”

“The nursing team at the university pride themselves on our Being Brilliant philosophy, always striving to support each other, empowering everyone to be the best nurse they can. So supporting Cavell Nurses’ Trust’s work links well with this philosophy of being super supportive, looking after each other and creating a health community developing wellbeing and resilience.”

The students have another graduation day event soon celebrating their achievements and raising more money for nurses in crisis. Fundraising for Cavell Nurses’ Trust has benefitted the students and staff. The students stated,

“Fundraising has given us great opportunities to enhance our leadership and management skills, as well as having fantastic fun! If other students are thinking of getting involved we would highly recommend it especially as Cavell Nurses’ Trust is such a worthwhile charity.”

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Find out more about nursing courses at the University of Northampton here https://www.northampton.ac.uk/study/courses/return-to-professional-practice/

Amazing Alexandra!

Staff at work wear supplier Alexandra have had a busy year so far raising more than £1,900 to support nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants suffering hardship.

They’ve raised the money by taking part in events such as an Easter Raffle, a Bacon Buttie morning and a cake sale for International Nurses’ Day. A team of 23 staff members also ran the Great Bristol 10k in May giving their fundraising target a real boost.

Wayne Gilvear, Purchasing Manager at Alexandra, ran in the race with his fellow team members,

“We were blessed with blue skies and 16 degrees and to have everyone cheering us along was fantastic! We all crossed the line with a real sense of achievement.”

Victoria Lewis, Fundraising Manager at Cavell Nurses’ Trust, said “We are so impressed with the effort from the team at Alexandra and they should be proud to know that their efforts are resulting in more nursing professionals in crisis being supported than ever before. We received 2,200 calls for help last year, which is a 50% increase in just 3 years.”

“Successful corporate fundraising really brings colleagues together and can raise significant funds to make such a difference to the lives of nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants suffering hardship in the UK.”

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Thornbury Nursing kick-start their fantastic fundraising

"We know that every single pound we raise, will help a nurse who may be facing a hard time."

Thornbury Nursing Services are a Founder member of ‘Working with’, the membership programme for organisations which share the belief that that nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants must get the support they need when they are suffering personal or financial hardship.

With nursing in their hearts, they wanted to also go the extra mile to be truly #HereForNurses.

The nursing agency, and their sister company the Scottish Nursing Guild, have kick-started their fundraising by baking with lots of love for Valentine’s Day. Offices across the UK got involved, selling tasty treats to raise an amazing £547.40 in vital funds for nursing professionals facing severe difficulties!

But that’s not all, they have lots of wonderful fundraising events planned for the year ahead and we are so excited to be with them every step of the way!

Sarah from Thornbury Nursing Services said:

“The Valentine’s #BakeWithLove sale was a huge success (although it took us two days to get through all of the cakes). Cavell Nurses’ Trust is very close to our hearts and we know that every single pound we raise, will help a nurse who may be facing a hard time. We can’t wait to get stuck into the other fundraising events we have planned for Cavell Nurses’ Trust, although I think some of the teams are praying for something that doesn’t involve eating – at least for a few weeks anyway!”.

Cavell Nurses’ Trust couldn’t provide the essential help we give to nursing professionals in need without incredible organisations like Thornbury Nursing Services and the Scottish Nursing Guild, we are so grateful to have their support.

If your organisation would like to be #HereForNurses too, Cavell Nurses' Trust would be delighted to speak with you.

Please get in touch with Victoria Lewis, Fundraising Manager at victorial@cavellnursestrust.org

10k their way

Our amazing supporters have raised £10k!

Actually, they have smashed the £10,000 target. At the time of writing the total stands at £12.9k... and rising!

Cavell Nurses' Trust's #10kForNurses fundraising campaign running throughout October has passed the £10,000 target, with more money coming in all the time.

With 80 fundraisers doing many events like running, walking or cycling 10km, baking and selling 10k calories of cakes, playing 10k seconds of tennis or hopping 10km on a space hopper (yes, really!) the money raised will go towards supporting nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who are suffering hardship.

One nurse, one hopper, 10km!

Jo, a nurse who came up with the crazy idea to complete a 10km course on a space hopper has so far raised more than £3,500 for fellow nurses. He publicised his challenge on Twitter where he has over 30,000 followers. He said “You never know when you are going to need help in the future so it’s really important that Cavell Nurses’ Trust has the funds to help nurses in crisis. Please think how you can get involved and help.”

Watch a video of Jo in action on his space hopper, which was named Hoppity McHoppity Face after a competition on Twitter. Click here

Each fundraiser had their own purple #10kForNurses T-shirt to wear for their event, kindly paid for by Premier IT. A team from Premier IT held a sponsored tennis session and played for 10,000 seconds (that’s 2 hours and 47 minutes).

Everyone did 10k their way like Ian who cycled 10km every day in October, Eiri who baked 10,000 calories of cakes, the WeNurses team that ran 10km in London and then again in Sheffield, and the teams of colleagues and friends who walked 10km with their dogs or completed 10,000 steps every day in October. Well done to everyone who took part!

The need for the money raised is a very real one. Research shows that nursing professionals in the UK are twice as likely as the general public to suffer financial hardship and Cavell Nurses' Trust has seen a 32% rise in calls for help from nurses in 2017 compared to the previous year. The #10kForNurses campaign provides vital money to help us meet this increase in demand for our services.

So don’t worry if you didn’t get a chance to join in the fun, you can still make a difference. You can still donate money to the #10kForNurses campaign and help to give nurses a lifeline. Every single pound donated supports nurses in crisis.

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100 miles in October

Kath is on a mission to run 100 miles in the month of October and she’s hoping to raise at least £1 for every mile that she runs. She’s taking part in the Cavell Nurses’ Trust #10kForNurses campaign aiming to raise vital money to help fellow nurses suffering hardship in the UK.

“So I’m planning to run every day, including a half marathon on 1st October, a full marathon on 8th, some 5km Park Runs with my daughter and a 10 mile run on the 29th October. It’s going to be a busy month!”

So why is Kath embarking on her running challenge?

“I have worked with many nurses who have experienced hardship for a multitude of reasons and unfortunately, many years ago, a colleague of mine experiencing hard times sadly committed suicide. I never want to see that happen again.”

Kath recognises that when nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, often fiercely independent and “can do copers”, experience problems, they find it hard to ask for help.

“But having Cavell Nurses’ Trust there for nurses means there’s somewhere to turn. The help and advice they give can be a lifeline.”

In her role as Experience of Care Lead at NHS England, Kath has to travel a lot and trying to fit in her running will be a challenge but she’s determined to make a difference and complete her 100 miles in October. And she has a message for others taking on a fundraising challenge to support nursing professionals.

“Go for it! How we take care of and support nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants really matters. It’s great to get public support, but within the nursing and midwifery family we can also offer support to colleagues who experience hard times. After all, it could be any one of us that ends up needing support.”

Kath discovered Cavell Nurses’ Trust and #10kForNurses via Twitter. Her Twitter name is @KathEvans2.

So get in touch and wish Kath well with her 100 miles challenge. You can donate to her JustGiving page here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kath-evans5

Find out more about #10kForNurses

10k cycle every day

Ian has challenged himself to cycle 10km every day for the month of October, covering a total of 310km, to raise money to support nursing professionals suffering hardship.

He qualified as a nurse in 1975 and forty-two years later is still working in the profession he loves, caring for people every day. So what has inspired to Ian to raise money to support nursing colleagues?

“I have witnessed fantastic nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants – really dedicated healthcare professionals – who have had their careers curtailed through ill health and disability. Also, through my work as an RCN representative, I’ve seen the devastation caused when lives are changed in this way.”

Ian heard about the #10kForNurses campaign on Facebook and it aims to get 100 people to raise £100 each in the month of October, with the target being £10,000 to help support nurses suffering hardship. He is planning on cycling around County Durham where he lives, taking in the three National Parks and coastline nearby, every day in October.

“The difficult part will be trying to find time each day to cycle 10km but I know it benefits my health and work/life balance. I’m also really proud to be wearing the Cavell Nurses’ Trust T-Shirt and promoting such a good cause.”

Ian has a message for anyone thinking of doing something to raise money for Cavell Nurses’ Trust,

“Just do it. And help our colleagues in their time of need.”

To donate to Ian’s JustGiving page please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-clifford10

Find out more about #10kForNurses

10k every day in October

Andrew is embarking on quite a challenge, he’s running 10km every day in October to raise money for nursing professionals suffering hardship. So by the end of the month he will have completed 310km (192 miles).

Andrew is taking part in the #10kForNurses campaign, part of the team aiming to raise £10k in the month of October. So what has inspired him?

“Whose life hasn’t been touched by a nurse, midwife or healthcare assistant? In the past 2 years I have seen, through work I do listening to and supporting whistleblowers, the devastating impact that a change in personal circumstances can have on healthcare professionals.”

He's not done a sponsored challenge before but is an active supporter of nurses as his wife has been a nurse for over 40 years.

Running has been an important part of Andrew’s life and it was part of his job many years ago when he was in the Army.

“Nowadays the mind is still willing but the legs less so! Sometimes my enthusiasm gets the better of me so I need to remember to take more time warming up to prevent muscle injury.”

Andrew admits his 10k every day challenge will be tough, involving getting up in the early hours to go running in the dark before getting on a train to go to meetings.

“Like any challenge, when it gets tough there’s always someone with a harder task ahead of them than you. So that will help me keep focused I hope. I’m also fortunate to be able to ‘match fund’ my donors pound for pound and I have committed up to £500 for that. So let’s show we’re ALL here for nurses”

“My advice to anyone else joining the #10kForNurses team is do something you enjoy. And don’t think that your contribution won’t make much difference, it will – every penny counts!”

Andrew discovered Cavell Nurses’ Trust and #10kForNurses via Twitter. His Twitter name is @Public_Eye_XVA and he follows the @WeNurses Twitter community to keep in touch with frontline nursing.

So get in touch with Andrew, wish him luck on his challenge and donate some money to his JustGiving page here ---> https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-ward38

Find out more about #10kForNurses

The BIG hop

Our #10kForNurses team is growing and with many supporters taking on 10k their way, Joan Pons Laplana tells us how and why he's getting involved and how you can support UK nurses facing hardship. 

"For the last few months nursing has made the headlines due to many nurses struggling to make ends meet. The pay cap imposed by the government is hitting frontline staff hard. Cavell Nurses’ Trust is seeing an increasing number of calls for help from nursing professionals, with a 32% increase in requests for help in the first half of 2017. It is a very worrying trend.

"Lots of us are only a pay cheque away from poverty. The psychological impact is also enormous. It can happen to anyone, including me – and it did.

"A few years ago after my marriage ended I was struggling to juggle my finances, having to pay for extra rent on new accommodation and surviving on a single wage. I was just managing to keep afloat but everything went pear-shaped when my car broke down and I couldn’t afford the repair bill. I was in a difficult position: if I did not repair the car I could not go to work and without working I would be unable to pay the bills. Facing the prospect of being jobless and homeless I decided to skip paying my rent. Despite working overtime to try to catch up I was struggling and one day I received a letter from my landlord telling me to pay the missing rent or he was going to evict me. At that point my levels of stress were through the roof and that day I broke down in tears during my break. Luckily a work colleague came to the rescue and signposted me to the RCN Foundation. They helped to get back on my feet and I was very grateful.

"One day I promised I would give back to a charity that helps nurses, so the time has arrived and I have chosen Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

"Following last year’s Tweetathon success, where I ran the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon while tweeting every mile during the race, I have decided to do it all over again. I heard that WeNurses and Cavell Nurses’ Trust were looking for 100 volunteers to join the #10KForNurses challenge, and I just knew I needed to join in.

"So, on the 22nd of October I will be running the Sheffield City 10k at the Rother Valley Country Park in aid of Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

"But I will be doing it with a twist. I will be HOPPING the course on my purple spacehopper, HOPing to raise a lot a cash to help fellow nurses, midwives and HCAs going through hardship.

"Cavell Nurses’ Trust provides a package of support for UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship – often because of illness, disability, domestic abuse and the effects of older age.

"But to keep giving this much-needed support to our fantastic nurses, the charity needs YOUR help. Sponsor the Big Hop and you can make a HUGE difference to nurses in their hour of need.

"You can sponsor me via my JustGiving page here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thebighop

"Or if you wish you can sponsor my running vest for a full kilometre. For a tiny sponsorship amount you will be able to reach a HUGE audience. Find more information visit: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-big-hop

"The Big Hop will be also be live on the day (22nd October) via twitter. You will be able to follow my progress by following me on twitter at @RoaringNurse, @WeNurses or @CavellTrust and also we will be using #10KForNurses and #TheBIGHop.

"But we are still looking for more volunteers to join #10KForNurses. Why don’t you join in? It couldn’t be easier just take a look at the #10kForNurses page and sign up!

"If you live close to Sheffield please come to the race and join me, walk with me, or come and cheer me. I will need all help possible to complete this MAD challenge! But wherever you are on the 22nd of October make sure you join in and make some noise. You never know when you are going to need help in future and to make sure that Cavell Nurses’ Trust can go on helping nurses in need, we need you."

Sign up to #10kForNurses today!