Community nurses affected by the recent flooding in Cumbria are being offered £500 grants by charitable association the Queen’s Nursing Institute.
The organisation will offer any community practitioners – including practice, district, school and health visiting nurses – the discretionary payment if their car or home has been damaged by the weather conditions.
“This is obviously a time of great distress to those nurses affected by the flooding”
The QNI said it was “a time of great distress” for nurses in flooded areas, noting that despite this, they were continuing to work and see patients.
It said nurses were able to apply to the QNI year-round for financial support during times of financial difficulty. But the last time there were dedicated funds of this kind was in 2007 to assist flood victims.
QNI welfare and grants officer Jo Moorby said: “This is obviously a time of great distress to those nurses affected by the recent flooding, and we will be only too pleased to help any nurse who meets our criteria.
“These nurses are continuing to provide support to patients in the community, many of them very vulnerable, despite their own personal distress,” she said.
Nurses interested in applying for a grant will need their manager’s endorsement that they are working in a community role and that they have incurred damage. They are advised to contact the QNI on 020 7549 1405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those wishing to donate to the fund for nurses, they are advised to go to the organisation’s Justgiving page.