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Nurses to climb mountain named after Edith Cavell

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A group of UK nurses and students are planning to commemorate the centenary of the execution of Edith Cavell during the First World War, while also raising money to help nursing colleagues in crisis. 

The 35 nurses and nursing students will be taking on the Mount Cavell challenge in the Canadian Rockies from 22-29 August.

“It’s often forgotten that nurses also experience difficult or desperate situations and might need a helping hand too”

Rosie O’Neill

The event will help raise money for the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, which supports members of the profession facing extreme financial difficulties.

Mount Edith Cavell, located in Jasper National Park, was named after Edith Cavell in 1916. It is 3,363m (11,033ft) high and one of the most prominent peaks in the province of Alberta.

The challenge is part of a range of events to commemorate 100 years since Edith Cavell’s death.  It will also involve white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, mountaineering and kayaking.

Jon Penhale, operations director at Cavell Nurses’ Trust, said: “We’re really excited to be holding our first international challenge and at such a fitting location.

“We want to recognise the bravery of Edith Cavell but more importantly we want to raise vital funds to help today’s nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives who are facing difficult times,” he added.


Cavell Nurses' Trust

Mount Edith Cavell

In total, almost 70 people will take part in the challenge to raise funds for the charity, which is seeks to be able to help double the number of nurses, midwives and HCAs that it can at present.

Today the charity supports more than 1,000 nurses, HCAs and midwives each year during difficult times.

Rosie O’Neill (pictured above), a student nurse at the University of South Wales who is taking part in the challenge, said: “I have seen many nurses on the wards I have worked that have needed some sort of support or help.

“I think with it being our job to support and care for people, it’s often forgotten that nurses also experience difficult or desperate situations and might need a helping hand too,” she said.

She added: “This challenge will also push me to the limit as I have only recently recovered from a nasty back injury from doing physical exercise.”

The trust was set up in 1917 following the public outcry that followed the death of Edith Cavell, who was shot for helping allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during WWI.

To follow the nurses’ progress, visit the charity’s special challenge web page.



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