Coronavirus: Group raising £24,000 for student nurses and midwives

Coronavirus: Group raising £24,000 for student nurses and midwives

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 12:20pm 12th May 2020. (Updated at 3:39pm 12th May 2020)

A Harrogate group of volunteers is aiming to raise £24,000 to support student nurses and midwives.

  • The money raised will cover the registration fees of 200 students due to qualify in the next twelve months.
  • The 'Florence Nightingale Project' has been launched on the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth - which is also International Nurses' Day.
  • The campaign is being organised by the Supplies for Key Workers in and around Harrogate group.

A campaign has been launched to support student nurses and midwives in and around Harrogate who are due to qualify in the next twelve months.

The 'Florence Nightingale Project' is aiming to raise £24,000, to cover registration costs for 200 newly-qualified nurses and midwives.

After graduating, nurses and midwives currently have to pay £120 each to register with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council).

The group are hoping to cover costs for all those starting work in Harrogate District Hospital in the next year, and will split any surplus funds between other hospitals and NHS Trusts in the surrounding area.

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Student nurse Ella Borchard, alongside Florence Nightingale.

Ella Borchard is a student nurse who's just started working at Harrogate District Hospital, so will benefit from the scheme. She told Stray FM:

"Although £120 doesn't sound a lot of money, it's a massive chunk for people who've just finished their training to then have to pay before they're even allowed to work as a qualified nurse.

"They've really thought about something that will make a difference that people generally do forget about or don't even know that we have to do.

"I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported, who will be supporting...

"Every single key worker knows that you're out there - thank you for everyone's support."

The campaign has been launched on International Nurses' Day 2020 (Tuesday 12 May), which marks 200 years since Florence Nightingale was born.

Gareth Grant, one of the campaign's organisers, said:

"People have found a new respect for the NHS and are showing their appreciation by Clapping for the NHS on Thursday nights.

"We wanted to take this a step further and ease the burden of the registration fees for newly qualified nurses and midwives to show our appreciation.

"Florence Nightingale educated America’s first trained nurse, Linda Richards, and that is why we have focused our fundraising to nurses and midwives who are still in education or due to complete their learning shortly.”

If you'd like to donate to the campaign, click here to visit the JustGiving page.