Cavell Nurses’ Trust
Our pledge to support nursing professionals
We know how important it is to support nursing professionals when they need it most. That’s why Thornbury Nursing is a proud sponsor and supporter of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust.
We are a founding member of their ‘Working with’ programme, and fundraise for the Trust as well as donating money to it every year.
Cavell Nurses’ Trust supports UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship often due to illness, disability, older age, domestic abuse and the ongoing cost of living crisis.
They offer a tailored package of support to help everyone who gets in touch. They give emotional support for those in crisis, advice on maximising benefits, signposting to specialist services, one-off grants to quickly relieve financial hardship and rapid emergency funding for those at great risk.
The need for support
Nurses are the vital backbone of our healthcare system, doing difficult work under great pressure for the benefit of us all.
The Cavell team spoke to 2,500 nursing and midwifery staff in 2022 about how prepared they were for a financial emergency and 69% said they were unprepared, with 41% saying they currently had £500 or less in savings to face a financial emergency.
The team also asked people about things they were struggling to pay for, with 30% saying they struggled with the cost of food and 14% saying that they had resorted to using a foodbank to feed themselves and their family.
In 2022, the Cavell Support team saw a 200% rise in those seeking help compared to the previous year. And, in the first 3 months of 2023, demand for support remains high with a 44% increase in nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants seeking help, compared to the same time last year.
“ We are delighted and proud to support Cavell Nurses’ Trust. The Scottish Nursing Guild has been working with nurses throughout the UK for over 25 years and we see the difficulties many nurses experience. With nursing at our heart, we wholeheartedly support Cavell Nurses’ Trust to ensure no UK nurses, midwives or healthcare assistants suffer hardship alone. ”
Sara James – Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Nursing Guild
“ I just want to say the biggest heartfelt thank you, I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate this and how much it means to both me and my children. ”
Midwife, supported February 2023
“ I am feeling very overwhelmed and emotional. Your help will make my dream come true and enable me to recover and return to nursing. ”
Nurse, supported February 2023.
“ I cannot thank you enough for this support, it will honestly make such a difference at this difficult time. It has instantly eased some of my much felt stress. ”
Maternity Support Worker, supported January 2023.
The difference we make
Cavell awarded £650,000 in grants during 2022 to the nursing & midwifery family. Of the people helped in 2022:
- 95% were better able to manage their finances
- 92% reported a positive impact on their mental health
Getting people back on their feet increases their emotional strength and overall well-being, helping them return to or stay in the career they love. And with a shortage of nurses in the UK, this is vital.