Commemorating yesterday’s heroes
On 4th June 2018, the Nursing Memorial Appeal achieved the first of its two objectives: a permanent memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum to all the VAD and professional nurses who lost their lives in the 1st and 2nd World Wars. It was dedicated in the presence of our Royal Patron, now HRH The Duchess of Edinburgh GCVO.
Supporting tomorrow’s savers of lives
We have now moved to our second, ongoing objective: to create a living legacy for today’s student nurses who have a demonstrable interest in emergency, humanitarian and/or crisis nursing. This will sustain a permanent link between yesterday’s heroes and tomorrow’s savers of lives.
In today’s climate of tuition fees, acquiring the necessary qualifications for routine nursing will already ensure the average student is burdened with debt for many years. The prospect of getting even further into debt to study extreme nursing disciplines somewhat dampens the enthusiasm. We accordingly risk losing an uncountable number of potential specialists.
To spread our funding as widely as possible, we have created the Bursary Buddy, £500 awards to support individual students when they need a helping hand acquiring extra training materials, attending specialist conferences or seminars, or paying for travel, related to an emergency nursing interest.