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Nursing staff and students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) with Cecilia Anim

Students and staff raise vital funds for nursing charities

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) student nurses have once again shown their caring nature by raising vital funds for fellow nurses.

The students and staff from UCLan’s School of Nursing have raised £500 for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Benevolent Fund and £150 for the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

They organised a range of fundraising activities during the year, including a raffle and a cake sale.

Cecilia Anim, RCN President, visited the University recently to receive the donations and was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Senior Lecturer Sabina Gerrard, who has been integral to the annual fundraising efforts.

Cecilia said: “I would like to say thank you for all that you do for the nursing community. Each year, you go the extra mile to support nursing staff who desperately need our help. I’m always inspired by your fundraising efforts and I’m immensely proud of you all.

“Your hard work and determination not only helps nurses in need, wherever they are around the world, but this also helps you to grow the nursing voice within your University.”

Every year our caring and compassionate students go above and beyond to raise money for the RCN. I am always very proud of their efforts.

Nicola Birtwistle, a second year BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing student, was one of the fundraisers. She said: “I volunteered my time to help out on Nurses’ Day not only to raise funds but to try to make a contribution to the nursing community on campus, I feel more involved now and I love to see people enjoying my baking.”

The RCN President met a group of students and nursing staff during her afternoon on the Preston Campus.

Professor Karen Wright, Head of the School of Nursing, added: “Every year our caring and compassionate students go above and beyond to raise money for the RCN. I am always very proud of their efforts and I know their annual fundraising is appreciated by everyone at the RCN. The willingness to help others shows what wonderful nurses they will be.”

Rachel Atkinson | 07 August 2018