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Nursing charity ‘spoilt by Belgian ambassador’

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Supporters of national nursing charity, the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, enjoyed a prestigious date at the residency of the Belgian Ambassador last month.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal was the special guest at the event, which was hosted by the Belgian ambassador, His Excellency Guy Trouveroy, and his wife at their London residence.

However, it is not known if Mr Trouveroy treated his guests to any Ferrero Rocher.

The Princess Royal is supporting the charity’s Centenary Appeal, which aims to significantly boost the number of beneficiaries of the charity ahead of the 100th anniversary of the death of nurse Edith Cavell in October 2015.

“To continue our work we need to raise more than £1m each year”

Kate Tompkins

She was executed during the First World War after helping more than 200 allied soldiers to escape from German-occupied Belgium.

The event was an opportunity for the Cavell Nurses’ Trust to thank its major supporters for the contributions they have made and continue to make to the ongoing work of the charity.

Trust chief executive Kate Tompkins said: “We were honoured that The Princess Royal, who is President of our Centenary Appeal, was able to attend this event.

Kate Tompkins

Kate Tompkins

“Nearly 100 years after the death of Edith Cavell we continue her living legacy of caring and learning. To continue our work we need to raise more than £1m each year,” she added.

The charity, which was set up in 1917 from a public appeal following Edith Cavell’s death, provides welfare advice and support to nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who find themselves in need of help. It currently supports 1000 beneficiaries each year.

A series of sponsored events are taking place as part of the Centenary Appeal, headed by a climb to the peak of Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper, Canada, in August 2015.

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