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A nursing family to be proud of

Why Dan is fundraising for nurses.

Nursing runs deep in Dan’s family. His sister is a student nurse, his aunty and two of his grandparents were nurses, his great-grandfather was a WW1 Royal Army Medical Corps nurse and his great-grandmother was a WW2 Red Cross nurse.

With such a nursing pedigree in his family, it’s not surprising that Dan has chosen Cavell Nurses’ Trust as his preferred charity to support. Cavell Nurses’ Trust gives support to nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants experiencing financial or personal hardship, often because of illness, domestic abuse, disability, working poverty and older age.

Dan’s nursing grandparents, Stuart (also known as William) and Ann Morris, both now rest in their home church in Dalton, Dumfriesshire, where they were married and had their children christened. In honour of Stuart and Ann, Dan’s fundraising challenge was to walk 35 miles along the Annandale Way in Scotland in April, near to where his grandparents lived, and he hoped to raise £1000 to support nurses facing hardship. Dan has fond memories of the couple,

“They were truly amazing people both in their working lives and as husband and wife. They devoted their lives to helping others when ultimately they never had a lot themselves and struggled untold amounts.”

When choosing to support Cavell Nurses’ Trust, Dan had no idea that in 2008 his grandparents had asked the charity for help. The Trust was able to contribute £300 towards securing a mobility scooter for Stuart as his movement had become restricted following an accident. Dan was amazed when he found out.

“I can't believe it! In all honesty I picked Cavell Nurses’ Trust to walk for simply because my grandparents were both nurses. I never had any idea that they’d actually received help from the charity. That made the walk even more special.”

After Stuart received his mobility scooter he was never off it. On one occasion Dan remembers him riding it all the way from Lockerbie to the Devil’s Beef Tub (a deep, dramatic hollow in the hills north of the Scottish town of Moffat) a distance of 22 miles, raising about £4000 for the Scottish Air Ambulance. Dan continues,

“Oh the scooter - he wouldn't have been without it! Even on his funeral service booklet there was a picture of him sat in his scooter, waving. That was my Papa – a beard, a pipe and his scooter.”

Dan completed the charity walk along with his cousin, 56 year old retired Fire Brigade Officer Andrew Shuttleworth and the pair braved the Scottish weather along the way. Dan remembers “It was hard going at times with wind, rain and snow but Andrew and I kept plodding on and we got a great sense of achievement when we completed the 35 miles.”

So far Dan has raised £755 and you can still donate to Dan's fundraising walk on his JustGiving page here