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CNO calls on nurses take part in 10K challenge



The chief nursing officer for England has asked staff to take part in the 10k challenge to help nurses and other colleagues in crisis.

Ruth May wants nurses to support 10k for Nurses and Midwives, run by charity Cavell Nurses’ Trust, to raise money for nurses, midwives and healthcare assistances facing financial hardship.

Ms May urged: ‘Please join hundreds of nurses, midwives and many others by taking on your own 10k themed challenge and raising funds for a very worthy cause’.

Fundraisers have walked 10,000 steps, sky-dived from 10,000 feet, run, hiked, swam or taken on a unique challenge for 10,000 seconds in previous years.

The charity’s fundraising manager John Harrison said that money raised through the challenge ‘will come at an incredible crucial time’ with the trust ‘facing record levels of applications for help this year’.

He continued: ‘Money raised through this campaign will help meet this increased need right now, and also help to build the foundation for long-term support for these professions in the future.’

Since March, the charity has provided record levels of support. In July the amount of funding given out was six times higher than that given in February, just before the pandemic hit the UK.

In its fourth year, the campaign is expected to make a record amount of money thanks to more fundraisers taking part than ever before, with 500 already signed up.

It is supported by Alexandra Workwear, Health Service Discounts, L&R, Thornbury, Vivup and Network Recruitment Wales.

Cavell Nurses’ Trust supports UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship often due to illness, disability, older age, domestic abuse and the impact of the coronavirus.

Mr Harrison continued: ‘There is still time to sign up, so please visit the website and join the movement this October.’