Registered Charity No: 210571 (England & Wales), SC041453 (Scotland). Cavell Nurses’ Trust was founded in 1917 in memory of Edith Cavell, a nurse celebrated for her work in developing the nursing profession and her work in Belgium during World War I. She cared for wounded soldiers irrespective of nationality and was arrested after helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape into Holland. Edith was subsequently court-martialled, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death.

Our charity exists in memory of this remarkable woman and we uphold her values of humanity and care for others in the work that we do to ensure that nobody who is or has been a nurse, midwife or healthcare assistant is in severe need. At some point in our lives, we will all benefit from the care and compassion of a nurse, midwife or healthcare assistant whether during the birth of a child, an unexpected trip to accident and emergency or the devotional nursing care for a loved one during their final days.

However, the nursing profession is an often under-appreciated one. All of the small and large things healthcare professionals take care of in a single shift often go unnoticed unless there is a problem, as does their dedication and selfless commitment to the welfare of their patients and their families.

From our work in supporting nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, we know they can often be the last people to ask for help or seek assistance when they are in hardship and need. It is often only though our promotional work to other support agencies and healthcare professionals directly that puts us in the unique position to be able to reach the number of beneficiaries we do across the UK.