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Nursing charity renames itself after heroic WWI nurse

A charity set up to help nurses through difficult times has gone back to its roots by renaming itself after the nurse that inspired its foundation nearly one hundred years ago.

NurseAid has rebranded itself as the Cavell Nurses’ Trust. It was established in 1917 following the death of British nurse Edith Cavell during the First World War.

Ms Cavell became an iconic figure in the war after she was shot by the Germans for helping hundreds of British and French soldiers escape from occupied Belgium.

Over the last five years, the charity has provided financial support worth more than £2.5m to thousands of working and retired nurses and midwives, students and healthcare assistants in need of financial help and support following illness, injury and personal difficulties.

Speaking about the change of name, acting chief executive Kate Tompkins said: “By rebranding as Cavell Nurses’ Trust, we are re-establishing the link with Edith Cavell, a heroic nurse who has been an inspiration for many over the years.

“We believe that nursing and midwifery are the noblest of professions and we’re dedicated to helping those nurses and midwives facing difficulties.”

She added: “Cavell Nurses’ Trust offers support, through financial grants and advice, to UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in crisis.”

Simon Knighton, chair of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, said: “Nurses are the backbone of our society but they too fall victim to sickness, accidents, stress and many other problems which prevent them from working.

“Sadly, after a lifetime of service many find themselves in financial hardship.”

The charity is due to launch a centenary appeal on 12 October to help raise funds.

It also runs an annual scholarship awards scheme, aimed at recognising exceptional student nurses and midwives.

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