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Phil's run for nurses

"I remember on several occasions colleagues experiencing hardship."

Phil says when he was younger he had no burning desire to become a nurse, but after working as a healthcare assistant his eyes were opened wide to the possibilities for a varied and fulfilling career in nursing.

“Growing up, my only real nursing role model was Charlie Fairhead from TV soap ‘Casualty’. That was 18 years ago and after completing my training I haven’t looked back!”

Currently, Phil works in Rapid Access Chest Pain and Coronary Artery Disease clinics as a Cardiac Care Nurse and cares for patients with acute cardiac problems that need expert attention.

So why did he want to raise money to support his fellow nurses?

“In a previous role as a Ward Manager, I remember on several occasions colleagues experiencing hardship and had I known about Cavell Nurses’ Trust then, I would have definitely pointed them towards the charity.”

Cavell Nurses’ Trust supports UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship often due to illness, disability, older age and domestic abuse. With more than 1,900 enquiries for help in 2016, 36% up on the previous year, we need the support of people like Phil.

Phil set himself the challenge of running the Kent Road Runner Marathon at the Cyclopark, hoping to raise £250 for Cavell Nurses' Trust. Here's Phil talking at the time of training last year...

“Training’s going well so far. I’ve had a few niggles in the last few months and have become a bit paranoid about them! I’ve decided to hire a coach for this after picking up an injury after a half marathon last year, but my club - Rebel Runners Medway - have been a great support with plenty of other runners training for spring marathons this year.”

“The Road Runner is a lap Marathon, with 20 to complete, and the hardest part of the race will be keeping count! But the organisers have an ingenious system of bands to help you remember.”

During his challenge, Phil said he thought about those of his colleagues who are suffering hardship and used this to spur him on to the finish.

“I hope my marathon challenge will inspire others to find out more about Cavell Nurses’ Trust and motivate people to raise funds and awareness for the great work this charity does.”

Phil's fundraising efforts brought in an amazing £650! Way over his original target. This money will make such a difference to the life of a nurse struggling to make ends meet.