News from 2019

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Raise Your Whisks for nurses like Chenesai

Cavell Nurses’ Trust is calling on the nursing community across the UK to come together in May to celebrate International Day of the Midwife (5th May) and International Nurses’ Day (12th May) by hosting bake sales throughout the week to raise vital funds for nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in hardship.

Will you Raise Your Whisks and bake a difference for incredible nurses like Chenesai?

Growing up on a farm in Zimbabwe, Chenesai was used to looking after members of her family but it was the time she spent looking after her grandmother that she remembers the most.

“Looking back now it’s clear that she had dementia,” remembers Chenesai “But we didn’t know what that was then. I found it very satisfying caring for my grandmother and it was a special time that we spent together before she passed away. I thought then, could I do this as a profession?”

Chenesai’s interested in nursing was sparked and when the British government was recruiting healthcare workers from Zimbabwe she applied and soon found herself in England, training to be a nurse. She qualified in 2004 and has worked in various medical areas such as stroke, A&E, oncology and cardiac wards.

“I love making a change to someone’s everyday life. It may be something simple like someone needing help to wash themselves or tie their shoelaces because they are in too much pain. That little bit of assistance can make a big difference to them.

“I was ill myself recently and was in hospital recovering from an operation so I got a real insight into what it’s like to be a patient. I learnt a lot from that experience!”

Chenesai’s hospital visit was the result of a blocked bile duct, causing her gall bladder to become infected and swollen. She had drains fitted to ease the swelling so that her infected gall bladder could be removed but it meant she had to stop doing her agency shifts.

“Because of the risk of spreading infection to patients, I wasn’t allowed to do any shifts. I also had to wait two months before the surgery to remove my gall bladder could happen, so my financial situation was getting worse.”

Chenesai quickly went into rent arrears and was served with a notice of eviction from her home.

“It really terrified me. I have a 13 year old daughter to support so what were we going to do? I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep will all of the worry. I felt so helpless. If we got evicted, would my daughter have to move from her school? What sort of mother was I if I couldn’t take care of my child? I felt myself getting depressed and my daughter could see that.”

Feeling desperate, Chenesai was determined to find help. She discovered Cavell Nurses’ Trust’s website and read stories about the people who had been helped, so she got in touch.

“For the first time in weeks, I felt that we had hope! I was so happy when Cavell Nurses’ Trust confirmed they could help us. I was crying with happiness when I contacted them to say thank you. It was a big, big relief for my daughter and I to know we were staying in our home.”

Cavell Nurses’ Trust’s help ensured that Chenesai’s rent arrears were paid and the eviction notice was cancelled.

“My daughter and I were both very quiet and stressed when we thought we were going to be evicted. But now we are laughing and chatting again!”

Chenesai has recently started a new permanent nursing job and is excited about the future. She is grateful that there is somewhere like Cavell Nurses’ Trust for nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants to turn if they are facing a crisis.

“I feel very emotional when I think about other nursing professionals getting involved and supporting their colleagues who are struggling, whether it’s through donating or fundraising.

“I know how life-changing a bit of help can be at the right time, it was truly amazing for me and my daughter!”

Raise Your Whisks for nurses like Chenesai this May and host your bake sale!

Cavell Nurses' Trust has teamed up with Dr. Oetker who are providing recipes and baking goodies to be included in free fundraising kits. Anyone wishing to order a kit and to pledge to ‘bake a difference’ can order a #RaiseYourWhisks kit now!

Get your free kit!

L&R Join 'Working with'

Burton upon Trent based company, L&R has joined Cavell Nures' Trust's 'Working with’ membership programme, which aims to transform the lives of nursing professionals facing financial hardship.

L&R is a leading international supplier of wound care and compression therapy products that provide solutions for patients and healthcare professionals.

“L&R Medical UK is extremely proud to be working with Cavell Nurses’ Trust. The work that Cavell Nurses’ Trust does to transform the lives of nursing professionals in their time of need is remarkable and we are honoured to be able to support this. L&R are dedicated to providing solutions that both improve outcomes and release time to care and it is the caring values that we share with Cavell Nurses’ Trust that makes the relationship so exciting for us”
 
Simon Mangan, Managing Director

L&R has more than 160 years’ experience in developing, manufacturing and distributing wound care and compression therapy products worldwide. 

L&R’s support comes at an important time. Research from Cavell Nurses’ Trust reveals that nursing professionals are twice as likely as the public to suffer financial hardship. Worryingly, they are also three times as likely to suffer domestic abuse.

Chief Executive of Cavell Nurses’ Trust, John Orchard, commented: “It’s a delight to welcome L&R to the ‘Working with’ membership programme. It’s fantastic to see a successful, international organisation like L&R showing their commitment to the welfare of nurses facing financial hardship.”

Find out more about L&R by visiting their website: https://lohmann-rauscher.co.uk/


'Working with' Cavell Nurses' Trust

The 'Working with' programme brings together like-minded companies, NHS Trusts and organisations who collectively believe that nursing professionals should receive the support they deserve when facing financial hardship.

Find out how you can join organisations like L&R and become a member of ‘Working with’ here

Raise Your Whisks for nurses like Emma

Cavell Nurses’ Trust is calling on the nursing community across the UK to come together in May to celebrate International Day of the Midwife (5th May) and International Nurses’ Day (12th May) by hosting bake sales throughout the week to raise vital funds for nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in hardship.

Will you Raise Your Whisks for nurses like Emma?

Emma nursed for ten years when a sudden diagnosis of thyroid cancer stopped her in her tracks and meant she was unable to work for months on end.

But her illness and treatment were not her only worries, she was also left concerned about her finances.

Diagnosed in March 2017, Emma underwent surgery and radioiodine treatment but after six months her sick pay dropped by half.

“When you have a mortgage and bills to pay that’s quite daunting,” recalls 39-year-old Emma who qualified in 2008 and is now a clinical nurse educator at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

It was tough, but she sought help.

“I contacted the Royal College of Nursing and they said I might be eligible for a small grant from them and when they sent the forms through there was also some information about Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

“It was very simple. I just filled in a form and Cavell Nurses’ Trust got back to me straight away. They awarded me a grant which was really amazing!

“At that time, I was still quite poorly and it meant that I didn’t have to face returning to work when I wasn’t well enough. This help meant I didn’t have the same financial pressures and it meant I had time to make a proper recovery.”

Just before Christmas 2017 Emma, who has specialised in acute respiratory care, intensive care and hyperbarics, returned to her full-time job.

“I’ve still got a way to go but I’m back at work and people tell me I look really well which is lovely."

"It’s hard to put into words what makes nursing so special but I just really love the fact I am giving back to people."

Emma had great support from her family but says it wasn’t easy admitting she needed financial help. But a card from Cavell Nurses’ Trust reassured her.

“I received a hand-written card from Cavell Nurses’ Trust and it said ‘Well done for being brave and asking for help’ which I thought was really lovely. It really touched me because it’s not easy to ask.”

Raise Your Whisks for nurses like Emma this May and host your bake sale!

Cavell Nurses' Trust has teamed up with Dr. Oetker who are providing recipes and baking goodies to be included in free fundraising kits. Anyone wishing to order a kit and to pledge to ‘bake a difference’ can order a #RaiseYourWhisks kit now!

Order your #RaiseYourWhisks kit

International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses' Day 2019

Will you Raise Your Whisks this May?

The nursing community will come together in May to celebrate International Day of the Midwife (5th May) and International Nurses’ Day (12th May) by raising their whisks and hosting bake sales throughout the week to raise vital money for nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in hardship.

As part of the Raise Your Whisks fundraising campaign, teams around the UK will be BAKING a difference and raising funds for Cavell Nurses’ Trust, who support nursing professionals facing severe difficulties.

Last year, around 3,300 nursing professionals sought help from Cavell Nurses’ Trust. On average, that’s more than 60 every week, or 9 nursing professionals searching for vital help, every day.

Many were facing worries of financial insecurity, mental health problems, homelessness and situations of domestic abuse. Cavell Nurses’ Trust is proud to stand up for nurses, midwives and HCAs in crisis and provides life-changing support through emotional support and grants.

Raise Your Whisks will provide a wonderful opportunity for teams to come together, celebrate the wonderful nursing profession, show off baking skills, build and renew friendships over cake and tea, and raise vital income to ensure that no nurse, midwife or HCA has to face hardship alone.

For the campaign, Cavell Nurses' Trust has teamed up with Dr. Oetker who are providing fabulous recipes and yummy baking goodies for you to try, so you can get that baking feeling!

Will YOU #RaiseYourWhisks?

Order your free fundraising kit and pledge to bake a difference.

Thank you to official partners Healthcare at Home and Dr. Oetker.

Get your FREE kit here!

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust join 'Working with'

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust join 'Working with'

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is helping to provide a long term safety net for its nursing professionals by joining the Cavell Nurses' Trust ‘Working with’ membership programme.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust provides healthcare to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire in both hospitals and in the community.

Chief Executive, John Orchard, commented: “I’m so pleased to welcome Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust to our membership programme. Cavell Nurses’ Trust is here for nursing professionals when they face difficult circumstances and I’m delighted that through our partnership we can highlight the support available to nursing professionals at the Trust.”

“Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust is proud to be working with Cavell Nurses’ Trust. Supporting our Nurses, Midwives and Healthcare Assistants is fundamental to the values of our organisation, without them and members of our other teams we would not be able to deliver caring services to those in our care.”
 
Paul Jebb, Deputy Director of Nursing

Find out more about the Trust by visiting their website: https://www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk/

The 'Working with' programme brings together like-minded companies, NHS Trusts and organisations who collectively believe that nursing professionals should receive the support they deserve when facing financial hardship.

Find out how you can join organisations like Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust and become a member of ‘Working with’ here.

MDG Joins 'Working with'

Borehamwood based company, Medicals Direct Group, is showing its support of UK nurses by joining the ‘Working with’ Cavell Nurses’ Trust membership programme which aims to transform the lives of nursing professionals facing financial hardship.

MDG is a leading provider of medical evidence gathering services, collecting medical data on behalf of the life insurance market, and providing specialist reports and rehabilitation services to claim service organisations.

"Medicals Direct Group is delighted to be working with Cavell Nurses’ Trust. Nurses are not just key to our business but to society in general. We are continuously impressed by our nurses’ professionalism and work ethic. Working with Cavell is our way of saying thank you to the Nursing community and all the work they do."
  
 Nishma Varsani, Network Screenings Manager

MDG is made up of experienced staff at all levels, committed to providing the best and most efficient customer experience to everyone they come in contact with, be it the end customer, clients, medical professionals, or each other.

Chief Executive of Cavell Nurses’ Trust, John Orchard, commented: “I’m thrilled to welcome MDG to our membership programme. Through our partnership, we will be able to highlight the importance of supporting the welfare of the nursing professionals that the UK relies on.”

MDG also got involved in our Christmas 2018 campaign, #BoostInaBox, raising an amazing £274.68 from a cake sale at their office. 

Find out more about MDG by visiting their website: https://www.medicalsdirectgroup.co.uk/

The 'Working with' programme brings together like-minded companies, NHS Trusts and organisations who collectively believe that nursing professionals should receive the support they deserve when facing financial hardship. 

Find out how you can join organisations like MDG and become a member of ‘Working with’ here

A Commemoration Service to Honour the Life and Legacy of Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell

Cavell Nurses' Trust is delighted to be working with the Florence Nightingale Foundation to host a special service at Westminster Abbey commemorating the life of Florence Nightingale as well as the Centenary of Edith Cavell's reinterment.

Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 12noon
Westminster Abbey

The event marks exactly one hundred years since Edith Cavell's body returned to the UK from Belgium. In 1919 crowds of people lined the streets of London as Edith's coffin, mounted on a gun carriage with a Union Jack flag draped over it, made its way from Victoria Station to Westminster Abbey for a special ceremony.

For tickets to the event, please register via our Eventbrite page

To find out more about Edith Cavell's life take a look at our timeline

Meeting Russell Howard

Superstar fundraising nurses meet comedian!

Melissa Heslop, second year student nurse at Birmingham City University, and Jenny Donnelly, Specialist Safeguarding Nurse for Child Exploitation, at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, met comedian Russell Howard on Tuesday 15th January in a special recording of the Russell Howard Hour.

The nurses had the chance to meet Russell thanks to winning a prize draw run by Cavell Nurses’ Trust, the charity supporting nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants suffering hardship.

The winners of the meet and greet were randomly selected from fundraisers who did ‘10k their way’ in the charity’s #10kForNurses fundraising campaign, which runs throughout each October, to raise vital funds for nursing colleagues facing severe difficulties.

Russell kindly donated the meet and greet to the charity as a prize. He has spoken strongly about his support of the NHS in the past and he admires the incredible dedication of doctors and nurses fighting against budget cuts and staff shortages.

Russell commented: “It was fantastic to meet Jenny and Melissa, it’s so wonderful that there is a charity dedicated to ensuring the UK’s nursing staff have somewhere to turn to in times of need. It’s also heart-warming to see nurses coming together and supporting each other”.

Melissa and Jenny were both part of the nursing team who took on the #10kForNurses Snowdon challenge in October. On the day, they faced driving rain and strong winds as Storm Callum swept across Wales, but they were determined to make a difference to the lives of their nursing colleagues in hardship.

Sign up to join the #10kForNurses 2019 team and do '10k your way' in October!

Sign up here

#BoostInABox Christmas Appeal Success

Amazing supporters came together to show their support for UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in need, and also spread some festive magic to nurses working hard over Christmas.

Generous gifts made to Cavell Nurses’ Trust during December 2018 supported the #BoostInABox Christmas appeal, which will help support UK nurses in need. For each £50 that was donated to this unique appeal, a wonderful #BoostInABox was ‘unlocked’ and posted to hard-working nursing professionals! These were delivered to hospitals across the UK – from Northern Ireland to Cornwall, and Norfolk to Southport and beyond!

Incredible supporters donated over £5,000 to support nursing professionals facing hardship, which unlocked over 100 #BoostInABox parcels!

Each parcel was filled with a range of gifts which brought working nurses a BOOST! These included perfume, coffee, moisturisers, hairspray, aftershave, tea, chocolates, energy bars and some festive treats too.

Nursing staff were often nominated to receive boxes by their colleagues and were chosen for many reasons including their many years of hard work, the compassionate care they give to families, being a role model and mentor to others or because they have had a really hard year and needed some recognition.

We can’t thank our donors enough for helping to transform lives and bring smiles at Christmas.

#BoostInABox was generously sponsored by Thornbury Nursing Services, whose incredible support allowed even more boxes to be unlocked, and even more nursing professionals in need to be offered life-changing support.

Find out how you can support nursing professionals