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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.