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Nursing charity to benefit from memory of Amin Abdullah

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Charity donation page has been set up in memory of a nurse who killed himself after losing the job he “lived for” at a London hospital.

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust, which provides financial support for struggling UK nursing professionals, has been chosen by friends of Amin Abdullah as their chosen charity for donations.

“We are incredibly honoured to have been chosen by Amin’s loved ones”

John Orchard

An inquest took place last week into the death of Mr Abdullah, an award winning nurse who tragically set himself on fire outside Kensington Palace in February 2016. He had grown up in an orphanage in Malaysia and came to England in 2004 to train as a nurse.

Described by friends as a “caring, courageous and dedicated nurse who lived for the job”, Mr Abdullah had been dismissed from his role as a charge nurse at Charing Cross Hospital the previous year.

The inquest heard how he had written a letter for another colleague caught up in a complaint made by a patient “to show how she could respond”, which resulted in him getting embroiled in the issue.

He subsequently received an instant dismissal from Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust in December 2015, on the grounds that the letter he had written to support his colleague was “untrue”.

Unhappy at the way he had been treated, he lodged an appeal against his dismissal and a hearing was due to take place in February 2016.

While waiting for the hearing, Mr Abdullah’s mental health deteriorated and he slipped into a depressive state, his partner Terry Skitmore told the inquest. Two days before the hearing he committed suicide.

Mr Abdullah’s friends have now set up a JustGiving page and have chosen Cavell Nurses’ Trust to be the charity receiving donations in his memory.

Mr Skitmore said he wanted people wishing to donate to the page to know that they will be helping other nurses who are in crisis.

John Orchard, chief executive of Cavell Nurses’ Trust, said “We are incredibly honoured to have been chosen by Amin’s loved ones.

“We will ensure that donations left in his memory will be used to provide help and support to nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who are in crisis,” he said.

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