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Student nurses receive praise from the Royal College of Nursing

A dedicated group of nursing students and staff have been praised for their fundraising efforts by the president of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

On visiting UCLan to accept a cheque for £1,380, Andrea Spyropulous thanked the School of Health for being the RCN Benevolent Fund’s top fundraisers to date.

As part of the Annual Nurses’ Day, generous staff and students took part in a day of fundraising which included a bake sale, tombola, text book sale and quiz.

A comedy night, supported by Patrick Monahan also took place and together they raised a total of £1,065 for the RCN Benevolent Fund. To boost funds, undergraduate Roz Hargreaves raised £315 after completing the BUPA Manchester 10K.

RCN President Andrea Spyropulous said: “I’m really, really impressed with the efforts of everyone involved in raising this money. To take the time is truly phenomenal at a time when student nurses are working so hard in a very tough profession. UCLan’s enthusiasm and commitment is very much appreciated.”

Organiser Sabina Sattar, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health, added: “We’re delighted to be able to contribute £1,380 to such a worthy cause as the RCN. The students and staff have a real affinity to a charity which affects nurses in their working life.”

The charitable donations did not stop at the RCN. The Florence Nightingale Fund also received £300 from UCLan and a selection of staff and students were invited to a commemorative service at Westminster Abbey in recognition of the University’s support.