Edith Cavell was a British nurse who worked in Belgium in 1917, who was executed on the charge of assisting Allied prisoners to escape during World War 1. After the execution of Edith Cavell, donations poured into a public appeal and the Cavell Nurses’ Trust was formed to support nurses who were mentally and physically shattered.
Today, the Cavell Nurses’ Trust continues to offer help and support to nurses, midwives, HCAs and student nurses and, in 2012, launched the Centenary Appeal, aiming to double the number of beneficiaries they are able to assist from one thousand to two thousand by 2015. To achieve this, the Trust must raise £1 million.
Part of the work the Cavell Nurses’ Trust is undertaking is to support the next generation of nurse leaders in Britain at important points in their early careers.
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal was guest of honour at the 3rd annual Cavell Nurses’ Trust Scholarship Award Ceremony on the 19th March 2014 at Fishmonger’s Hall, which marked the culmination of the prestigious 2013-14 Cavell Nurses’ Trust Scholarship Awards. Georgie Dwight, Sue Holmes and Terry Collins from the Business Development Team represented NHS Professionals who sponsored the event. They were among a lucky few who were introduced to The Princess Royal during the evening, which celebrated 14 successful students. Each student was presented with an award, and special guests included Chief Nurse, Jane Cummings and RCM President, Prof Lesley Page.
“We felt honoured to be part of the event, very glad to be able to support such a worthwhile cause, and meet some of the people for whom the assistance provided by the Cavell Nurses’ Trust has made a difference to their lives.” – Terry Collins, Head of Business Development.
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