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The report is live!

by John Orchard, Chief Executive, Cavell Nurses' Trust

I’m plonked on a train to London as I write this. I’m traveling to the Nursing Times Awards and we’re very excited to be the charity being supported with donations at the event. 

It’s been fascinating to share in the response to “Skint, shaken yet still caring, but who is caring for our nurses?”, a report into the hardship nurses in the UK are facing, day in, day out.

The report shows that not only are nurses twice as likely to suffer financial hardship, but are three times more likely to face domestic abuse than the public.

Briefly, I need to say a big thank you to the team at Cavell Nurses’ Trust, including our wonderful trustees and patrons. They are an incredibly dedicated, thoughtful, kind and motivated bunch.

Shocked, sad, appalled

These words have come up again and again following the release of the report.

Motivated to act

It’s our job to turn those emotions into positive change. Whether we’re talking about the feelings of people who turn to Cavell Nurses’ Trust for help in a crisis, or people reacting to the report.

So it’s heartening to see that people are taking action. On the day of the launch, we were contacted by several companies, within the first couple of hours, who wanted to get involved with fundraising and awareness raising.

Hundreds of people have now downloaded the report, got action packs and generally got stuck in. Well done to everyone that's taken action.

We’re incredibly grateful because, if nothing else, “Skint, Shaken yet still caring.” revealed the scale of the problem Cavell Nurses’ Trust faces. We can do something significant about the hardship nurses are facing, but only together.

So. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

One big question

For me this all comes down to one, pretty big question. What kind of society do we want to live in? If we want to live in a society which cares for the people who care for us, then supporting Cavell Nurses’ Trust is a way to make that happen.