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Growing support for nurses in need

A nurses’ charity has teamed up with The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) to provide £50,000 to support nurses suffering hardship and to celebrate young nursing talent in the UK.

Cavell Nurses’ Trust is a national charity that gives money and support to nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants experiencing financial or personal hardship, often because of illness, domestic abuse, disability, working poverty and older age and has been able to use £25,000 of the donation from the NGS to help nurses like Michelle Quested.

Michelle, a neonatal cardiac nurse from Birmingham Children’s Hospital, suffered a back injury a few years ago that left her unable to walk, temporarily ending her nursing career.

Despite being confined to a wheelchair, she was determined to get back to nursing and had to overcome many obstacles. Cavell Nurses’ Trust was able to provide funding that meant Michelle’s manual wheelchair could be converted to an electric one, allowing her to return to the job that she is so dedicated to. Michelle says,

“The help I have received from Cavell Nurses’ Trust has been life changing. I’m a nurse through and through, it’s in my soul. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Financial support, like the NGS donation, ensures that nurses like Michelle can be supported back to work and prevent others from facing hardship. John Orchard, Chief Executive of Cavell Nurses’ Trust said, “We are extremely grateful to the NGS as generous donations like these provide vital support for nurses in difficulty. We hope to help at least 1,600 people this year so this support is crucial.”

The NGS also supports the annual Cavell Awards, a scheme that recognises and celebrates young nursing talent. The funding ensures that outstanding student nurses and midwives have the chance to further their learning by undertaking a work placement in their final year at university.

Martin McMillan, Chairman of the National Gardens Scheme said: “I am thrilled that the NGS is able to support nurses like Michelle, who are at the heart of our charities heritage, and show our continued support through the annual awards.”

Find out more about the National Gardens Scheme HERE

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