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Student nurse plans skydive to help nursing charity

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A daredevil student nurse is preparing to leap out of a plane at 14,000 feet to raise money to support fellow nurses in need.

Sara Mulligan, who is studying to become a mental health nurse at the University of Worcester, is psyching herself up for the skydive this Saturday in aid of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

“Nurses give so much and at some point they’ve got to have someone to look after them as well”

Sara Mulligan

She has set herself the target of raising £400 for the charity, which supports nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and student nurses struggling with personal and financial hardship.

Ms Mulligan admitted she was feeling nervous about the tandem jump undertaken with an instructor.

“The hardest part will be the build-up on the day and keeping my nerves under control,” she said.

“Once I’m on that place I’ve got to be level-headed and not show people how scared I am,” she said. “Trying to stay calm will be the biggest challenge for me.”

Cavell Nurses' Trust

Student nurse plans skydive to help nursing charity

Sara Mulligan plans to do a skydive on 9 April

She said she was keen to contribute to the “vital” work of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, which helps nurses affected by issues including illness, domestic abuse, disability, poverty and old age.

“Nurses give so much and at some point they’ve got to have someone to look after them as well,” said Ms Mulligan, who was inspired to enter the profession by her mother who works as a general nurse.

“It’s important that someone is there for them, a safety net for when things go wrong,” she said.

One example of someone helped by the charity is former nurse Dominic Rooney whose career in mental health nursing was cut short at the age of 49 due to ill health.

He was struggling to make ends meet and lived without hot water at home for three months after the system broke down.

Cavell Nurses' Trust

Student nurse plans skydive to help nursing charity

Dominic Rooney

He applied to the trust for help and was given a £750 grant to cover the cost of a replacement hot water cylinder and immersion heater.

“I was struggling to pay bills as it was and when the hot water failed I just thought ‘Well, what on earth am I going to now?’” he said, praising the “wonderful service” provided by the charity.

“I will never take hot water for granted again,” he added. “Just when I thought no one was able to help, the charity was there for me. It was a ray of hope.”

Donations to Ms Mulligan’s fundraising campaign can be made via her JustGiving page.



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