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Caring for nurses in their time of need

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The Company of Nurses Charitable Trust addresses the issues confronting nurses today, from charitable giving to educational support.

Whether working or retired, the Trust is committed to making a real difference to nurses who are in need of such support.

We understand the world of nursing

All our Trustees have trained as nurses and bring a wealth of experience and expertise. Naturally, they are acutely aware of the pressures that members of the profession may face on a daily basis and at the different stages of their careers.

We aim to help when we can and make a difference, however small it may be. Financial support can be life-changing and equally, our educational funds help nurses develop their careers and so enhance the nursing profession.

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How does the Trust help

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The Trust provides support for various causes, working with partners to respond to applications for assistance. Our support covers:

  • Nurses suffering hardship who need relief and help financially.
  • Bursaries and grants aimed at helping nurses develop their skills and knowledge.
  • Prizes and awards that recognise excellence and innovation.

Working with other professionals to provide support

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Some of the ways we help

Benevolence

An experienced nurse had Covid in January 2022 and suffered from cognitive decline which worsened and they are now under the care of a post covid service. The Company of Nurses Charitable Trust has supported the nurse with a financial grant to help with their mortgage and bills.

A nurse requested help as the house that they lived in had been destroyed by an ex-partner. The Company of Nurses Charitable Trust gave some financial support to help the nurse replace household items and to install security cameras and alarms.

During treatment for thyroid cancer a health visitor’s marriage broke down. Her husband left her, leaving her with young children and he took all of the money from their joint account along with their car. The health visitor was able to go back to work for a short time after her operation but unfortunately, had to take time off work again with anxiety. She also had responsibility for the care of her severely disabled brother. The Trust made a financial award towards household expenses and to support her during such a difficult time. She was delighted, and extremely grateful to the Trust for the grant she received as she was really struggling.

A nurse living with her young daughter had recently been widowed as her husband took his own life. She suffered from PTSD as this incident sadly occurred in their house. Her husband was self-employed and she had been struggling financially. She received Widow's allowance, but this was only for 6 months. An application for flexible working was turned down by her employer. The Company of Nurses Charitable Trust awarded her a grant to support her at such a difficult time.

Professional development

Our educational funds have sponsored Scholars who have benefitted from the renowned Leadership Programme run by the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

Another grant provides help to study on an acute pre-hospital care post-graduate MSc degree course at Queen Mary University London, in conjunction with London’s Air Ambulance charity. The Company is proud to sponsor the very first nurse to be accepted for this course which provides a strong foundation in the science and practical skills needed for a successful career in pre-hospital medicine. A report from our scholar is available to read here.

In conjunction with The Queen’s Nursing Institute, nurses have been funded to undertake the Health Inclusion Course at UCL, allowing them to develop their skills in Homeless Health.

One of the QNI Aspiring Leaders Scholars says "As for the QNI course, I want to thank the Company of Nurses from the bottom of my heart. I am loving it and, by coincidence, I met with my mentor and she fed back to me that she had seen a huge shift in my confidence and the QNI concept of "holding your power" which I think means having a sense of one's worth, without ego, just being confident in the change-making that we do. This is certainly not something that (I think) nurses find easy but seems to be the magic element between the shift to strategic work, while keeping the connection with our patients at the core of what we do”

Claire O'Connell
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