A charity that supports nurses and midwives who are struggling financially has seen a three-fold increase in people seeking help, its chief executive has said.
John Orchard, who runs the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, said its support team had seen a 211% rise in the number of nurses, midwives and healthcare support workers asking for help with everyday living costs in the first eight months of this year, compared with the same period in 2021.
“We’re bolstering our team to make sure we can support people, many of whom have nowhere else to turn”
At the launch of a report published by the charity called ‘How do you bounce back?’ held at the House of Lords last week, Mr Orchard said the organisation would be boosting its fundraising efforts to meet the huge increase in demand.
“We’re bolstering our team to make sure we can support people, many of whom have nowhere else to turn,” he said
“To continue supporting the nursing and midwifery family in the years to come, Cavell needs to secure greater funding through individuals and organisations donating, fundraising and sponsoring.”
Earlier this year, the charity revealed that almost a third of nurses reported difficulties in covering the cost of food and heating their homes in a survey that was carried out in January and February.
The survey of 2,500 nurses and health workers found that 69% of respondents said they were unprepared or very unprepared for a financial emergency, and 41% reported having £500 or less in savings to be used in a financial emergency.
The charity has launched its annual ‘10k Your Way’ fundraising drive that asks participants to complete 10,000 metres, or seconds, or steps while doing an activity of their choice.
The challenge must be taken during October, but otherwise there are no rules, and all money raised will be used to help struggling nurses and midwives.