Nurses in financial crisis are set to benefit from a cash boost from generous fundraisers and supporters, after a charity announced that its campaign target had been “smashed”.
Cavell Nurses’ Trust, which has been running the #10kForNurses campaign that is due to officially end at midnight, revealed today that its £10,000 target had been surpassed.
“We can ensure that more vital support and help is available for UK nurses facing crisis this winter”
So far, 80 people have completed a “10k” event in a variety of ways throughout October, one of the most extreme examples being a nurse who completed 10km astride a purple space hopper.
Other examples have ranged from running, walking, cycling and rowing 10km, to baking and selling 10k calories of cakes, sewing 10k stitches and playing 10k seconds of tennis.
Cavell Nurses’ Trust supports nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, who are experiencing personal or financial hardship.
Charity passes £10,000 target to help nursing staff ‘in crisis’
The charity said it was currently “striving” to meet a large increase in calls for help so far in 2017, up 23% on January – September last year.
Victoria Lewis, community fundraising manager, said: “The campaign has been a success and we’re delighted to announce that our current total stands at £12,900 with money coming in all the time from fundraising events.
“We’re expecting more in soon, and with Gift Aid added on, we hope to hit the £15,000 mark in a couple of weeks,” she said.
She added: “It’s incredible that so many people have got behind #10kForNurses in its first year and with their combined dedication and efforts we can ensure that more vital support and help is available for UK nurses facing crisis this winter.
“We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has fundraised and donated to #10kForNurses,” said Ms Lewis.
The idea for #10kForNurses came via WeNurses, the community on social media site Twitter, which is dedicated to connecting nursing professionals across the UK.
As previously mentioned, Derbyshire nurse Joan Pons Laplana completed 10km on a space hopper named Hoppity McHopface following a competition on Twitter. His big hop alone has so far raised in excess of £3,500 for the campaign.
He said: “You never know when you are going to need help in the future so it’s really important that Cavell Nurses’ Trust has the funds to help nurses in crisis. Please think how you get involved and help.”
Anyone wishing to donate to the #10kForNurses campaign can do so on the JustGiving page