All City of London Guilds and Livery Companies share common purpose in supporting charitable and benevolent causes. The Company of Nurses Charitable Trust is the charitable arm of The Company of Nurses and is registered with the Charity Commission.
The over-riding aim of the Trust is to benefit the public at large by helping to raise standards of nursing care, encourage health and wellbeing, and save lives.
Funding will be provided to support lectures and educational events aimed at helping nurses to develop their skills and knowledge. Prizes and awards will be given to recognise and reward excellence and innovation. Support will also be given to bodies that can demonstrate they are committed to raising standards of nursing care, and to those that foster the ethos of nursing.
The Trustees, all trained as nurses and are acutely aware of the financial pressures that members of the profession may face at different stages of their careers. They intend to support those entering the nursing profession who may need financial assistance for study purposes, as well as nurses and former nurses suffering hardship who need relief and support.
The Trustees will consider applications for grant aid from individuals and organisations located anywhere in the United Kingdom. The Trustees are committed to working with other organisations who share similar objects for the support of nurses. No restrictions will be imposed on the Trust’s beneficiaries, by reason of race, gender, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.
The formation of The Company of Nurses Charitable Trust is a fundamental part of our work as a Company of Nurses and therefore we encourage all Freemen of The Company of Nurses to become involved with those charities supported by the Trust.
For further information please contact us by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write to The Secretary to the Trustees, The Company of Nurses Charitable Trust, c/o The Company of Nurses, Apothecaries' Hall, Black Friars Lane, London EC4V 6EJ
Thank you for helping nurses to make a positive difference to patients.
Below are some feedback and comments from those who have benefitted from the support of our Charitable Trust:
- A Practice Nurse who was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in December last year has been undergoing chemo in preparation for mastectomy and reconstruction which is going ahead soon. She has been receiving Employment Support Allowance which is around £75pw. She requested help towards travel costs to and from the hospital. The Trust awarded a grant to help during this very difficult and emotional time for her. She has said how it has made her feel knowing nurses are supporting a colleague during difficult times in her life.
- An Occupational Health Nurse had an accident when her car rolled back pinning her against the house wall. She suffered fractures to 3 ribs, sacral joint, right-side pelvis, and chipped left hip and also had a pneumothorax. She has care of her young daughter, who has developed mental health problems. The Trust has made a financial award to help re-settlement.
- A nurse was diagnosed with stage 4 Renal cell carcinoma and left work as the prognosis was not good. Although she received radical treatment and has survived much longer than expected, it has taken its toll on her health and she now has multiple medical complications. Steroid treatment has increased her weight and she has gone up 7 dress sizes and none of her clothes fit her. Osteoporosis has resulted in 17 broken ribs and a broken pelvis. She required a new bed and bedding as she needs to change the sheets frequently. The Trust has given financial support to help her during such a difficult time.
- A staff nurse who has worked in care homes since 2000 very sadly witnessed her partner’s suicide. She is now suffering with PTSD, anxiety and depression. She has not been able to work recently and is receiving Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance but this does not cover her rent and outgoings. She does not receive sick pay. She is currently in arrears with gas and electric bills, with a risk of this escalating without some financial assistance. Citizens Advice are now helping with a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) application. In the meantime, theTrust has made a grant to support her with general household expenses and prevent her getting further into debt.
- A community nurse recently approached us having developed Covid last year but still unable to work due to symptoms of Long Covid. She has a family to support and is waiting to see a specialist. Bank shifts along with night rates of pay would normally supplement her income so added to her illness so she is suffering from financial in security with mounting debts. The CNCT has awarded a financial grant to help the family through this difficult time.
- “I can’t thank you enough for this. It will go a long way in helping me manage while I am off work grieving over the loss of my husband. I honestly can’t thank everyone enough, from the bottom of my heart thank you."
- A 52 year old retired district nurse who has severe mobility problems due to Ehlers Danlos syndrome, Miller Fisher syndrome, and Guillain-Barré Syndrome amongst other health difficulties. The Trust funded an automatic fold up scooter and a car hoist to enable more independence.
- A 44 year old Practice Nurse who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease which was progressing rapidly. Up until 7 weeks prior to diagnosis, she was a busy nurse running clinics 5 days a week, but after falling a couple of times and knocking herself out, medical investigations showed that she had MND. Very quickly, her foot dropped and she required a wheelchair. The Trust contributed to a fund set up for her to help her make memories with her family (she has 2 adult sons) and this enabled her to go to Portugal for a holiday with her family. Sadly, she died just before Christmas.