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Cavell Nurses’ Trust: We’re here for you

22nd July 2016

A guest blog by John Orchard, Chief Executive of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, on what they do to help nurses.


The care, compassion and courage shown by health visitors, nurses, HCAs and midwives in the UK every day is staggering and very humbling to those of us not involved directly in those caring professions.

John Orchard, Chief Executive, Cavell Nurses’ Trust, and his son Stanley

John Orchard, Chief Executive, Cavell Nurses’ Trust, and his son Stanley

As you can see from my picture, my family have had direct experience from a wonderful Health Visitor, but what happens when you need a little care and compassion?

At Cavell Nurses’ Trust, we believe that no one who is or has been a nurse, midwife or healthcare assistant should suffer hardship and only last year we were able to help more than 1,400 people with money and support when they were living through personal or financial hardship, often because of illness, domestic abuse, disability, working poverty and older age.

As Health Visitors you are all qualified nurses and midwives so we are very proud to be able to support such an influential and vital part of healthcare provision in the UK.

So how can we help? 

We give a listening ear and practical support to everyone who contacts our Welfare Team and we give grants of up to £1,000. We’re a charity and we help people at no cost to them. There’s no membership and we’re not a union or insurance scheme.

There are a few requirements for people to obtain financial help from Cavell Nurses’ Trust:

  • Nurses and Midwives (registered or retired) need a minimum 3 years post registration service, from any time in their career.
  • Healthcare Assistants (working or retired) need at least 5 years’ experience in a hospital and/or under the direct supervision of a registered nurse, from any time in their career.
  • You must live in the UK, have less than £4000 in savings and be in need.

It’s hard to ask for help

We hear this often. We understand this and that’s why Alison and Terri in our Welfare Team are so fantastic at treating each person with sensitivity and compassion.  So get in touch if you, or someone you know, needs help.

And how can YOU help?

With 3.5% of the UK population employed in nursing, there is a good chance that some of your patients will be nurses, midwives and HCA’s, either working or retired. So if you think a nurse is suffering, please put them in contact with Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

Ways to get in touch

John Orchard, Chief Executive of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust