A charity has launched a new Christmas appeal to aid nurses struggling financially after seeing the number of nursing professionals seeking its help double in the last three years.
As a result, it will be seeking to raise money for those in need and also to fund parcels of gifts for nursing staff working over the festive period.
“We’re sure the gifts will bring smiles to the faces of hard working nurses this Christmas”
The Cavell Nurses’ Trust said that, by the end of 2018, more than 3,000 people will have sought its help, compared to 1,400 in 2015.
A report into nursing hardship published recently by the charity showed that a third of nurses struggled to heat their homes.
It warned that with winter nearly, the significant pressure some nursing professionals were under will continue to increase.
In response, the trust has launched a Christmas appeal to raise money to help meet the growing need and ensure nurses in crisis can receive the help they need.
John Harrison, fundraising officer at the charity, said: “Our Christmas #BoostInABox campaign will raise money to ensure nurses in crisis are offered a much needed lifeline this winter, with some nurses receiving special gifts as well.
“For every £50 donated to the campaign, a parcel of gifts will be posted to some of the thousands of nursing professionals working this Christmas in hospitals across the country,” said Mr Harrison.
“We’re delighted that these gifts have been so generously donated by supporters including Next, Clif Bar, Yorkshire Tea, Bulldog Skincare and Beanies Flavoured Coffee Company,” he said.
He added: “We’re sure the gifts will bring smiles to the faces of hard working nurses this Christmas.”
This year, it is estimated that around 137,000 nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants will be working on Christmas Day, and 155,000 working on Boxing Day, noted the charity.
It said that the #BoostInABox parcels were intended to be a symbol of thanks and give nurses receiving them a well-deserved boost as they work hard away from family and friends.
Donations can be made to the #BoostInABox Christmas campaign.