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RCN launches nurses' hardship fund

Nurses in financial hardship can now apply for grants from a new fund administered by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

The "Mayday for Nurses Fund" has been made possible by donations from premiership footballers, and will be open to all registered nurses in the UK.

The new fund was created by political economist Dr Noreena Hertz who asked premiership footballers to recognise the vital role nurses play in society.

The fund will be open to registered nurses in the UK who may be experiencing hardship due to prolonged periods of ill health, divorce, disputes with an employer, a period of unemployment or an unexpected essential cost.

Dr Peter Carter, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: "This new fund will give financial support and offer a helping hand to nurses in times of hardship and times of need.

"I'd like to publicly applaud all those professional footballers who dug deep and gave generously."

Nurses interested in the MayDay for Nurses Hardship Fund should contact 0207 647 3880 or email


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Is this grant a good idea? Should there be more like it?  Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply)

"We nurses work so hard and with very little pay. Frankly, we do the job simply because we care and have a natural ability to nurse others. Therefore, grants like this are a good idea" - Name and address supplied

"Yes there are so many struggling nurses out there who are too proud to ask for help and suffer mentally as a result of the extra strain lack of finances cause." - Victoria Noble, Oxford