Cavell Nurses’ Trust – A Lifeline for Nursing Professionals

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Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants across the UK selflessly dedicate their lives to helping others every year. But who is there when they need help and support?

Did you know that nursing professionals are twice as likely as the public to suffer financial hardship?

Cavell Nurses Trust was set up to support these professionals in their time of need with help, advice or financial aid. This October we will be joining a number of businesses raising money for Cavell Nurses Trust by climbing Snowdon. You can donate to our JustGiving here.

However, if you would like to find out more about Cavell and what they do, please read our interview with them below:

What is Cavell Nurses’ Trust and how were you founded?

Cavell Nurses’ Trust is the charity that 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.

Cavell Nurses’ Trust transforms nurses’ lives. The nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants we help say they’re often happier, healthier and able to stay in or return to work.

In 2017, more than 2,200 people asked us for help – 15% more than in 2016. It’s clear there’s an increasing need for nurses to access our support.

In the space of 3 years, the number of calls for help from Cavell Nurses’ Trust has doubled (in 2014, we received 1,100 calls for help, in 2017 it was 2,200).

Cavell Nurses’ Trust has roots going back to 1917 when a fund to care for the nation’s nurses was set up in memory of British nurse Edith Cavell. She’s celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides in World War One, regardless of nationality. Because she helped 200 Allied soldiers reach freedom from German-occupied Belgium, Edith was arrested, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death on 12 October 1915.

She remains an inspiration to many and we’re proud and privileged to maintain Edith Cavell’s legacy in our work today.

Who do you help?

Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants working in the UK, or retired from working in the UK.

What are the top three things you help people with?

Cavell Nurses’ Trust offers a tailored package of support to help everyone who gets in touch. Our experienced and caring Welfare Services Team gives:

  • Advice on maximising benefits
  • One-off grants to quickly relieve financial hardship
  • Rapid emergency funding for those at great risk

We also work with partner organisations to get extra financial support for those in most need. In 2017, we boosted our support fund by 29% working in this way.

How can someone get in touch with you to ask for support?

We can be contacted in the following ways:

How would you describe the team at Cavell Nurses’ Trust in one word?


What is the most exciting thing Cavell Nurses’ Trust has done or plans to do this year?

Our exciting #10kForNurses fundraising campaign has launched! It focuses on people doing ‘10k their way’ in the month of October to raise vital funds for nurses. We are being brave in 2018 and going the extra k for nurses - taking on Snowdon on 13th October.

So join us on Snowdon, run 10k, walk 10k, bake 10k, or do 10k Your Way! The funds raised will help nursing professionals in crisis, giving them a lifeline of support in their darkest times.

How can people help out or donate?

Sign up for your #10kForNurses fundraising pack and FREE #10kForNurses T-shirt here:

Find out more about Cavell Nurses’ Trust and make a donation at:

If you would like to support us raising money for Cavell Nurses Trust by climbing Snowdon in October then you can.

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