Our pledge to support nursing professionals
We know how important it is to support nursing professionals when they need it most. That’s why the Guild 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 HCAs, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship, often due to illness, disability, older age and domestic abuse.
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. In 2016, we were shocked to find 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. This is appalling and we’re taking action.
From simple, essential support like money to repair a broken cooker or boiler, to vital life changing aid like helping a family flee their home due to domestic abuse, Cavell Nurses’ Trust is here to help.
In 2016, almost 2,000 people asked for help – 36% more than in 2015. It’s clear there’s an increasing need for nurses to access our support.
“At some point in our lives we’ll all need care. This is true for our proud caring professionals too and you can’t read the news without hearing mention of the struggles nursing professionals are facing. We are standing with Thornbury Nursing and other 'working with' members to get nurses back on their feet. This is vital to organisations which rely on nurses to function and because nurses do so much for us all it’s vital for society too.”
John Orchard - Chief Executive, Cavell Nurses’ Trust
“We are delighted and proud to support Cavell Nurses’ Trust. Thornbury Nursing has been working with nurses throughout the UK for over 30 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, Thornbury Nursing Services
“It was brilliant, it was a lifesaver really. I can’t thank them enough. It’s fantastic that there’s a charity out there for nursing staff. You spend all your time treating other people and when something like this happens to you, it’s really difficult.”
“The help from Cavell Nurses’ Trust has made a huge difference at a very difficult time for all of us. All our energy was being spent trying to get Barry back to health so it was such a relief to know financial help was there, it was one less thing to worry about. Anything which helps to keep things normal makes such a difference!”
“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.”
The difference we make
Of the people helped in 2016:
- 88% said the support they received positively affected their physical health
- 96% said the support positively affected their mental health
- 83% said the support they received helped them get back to, or stay in, work
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.