Support for Nurses During the Crisis

Written by   David Worsfold on   24th April 2020

Support for Nurses During the Crisis

The WCI Charitable Trust has been considering how it may most effectively respond to the Coronavirus crisis and one of its first grants has gone to the Cavell Nurses’ Trust. This is a small charity providing emotional and financial support to nurses and midwives on the front line caring for people during the pandemic.

Last month it supported more nurses, midwives and health care assistants than ever before and downloads of its welfare application form tripled

This has been unprecedented few weeks for a small charity like Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

This support is over and above what it provides to other nursing and midwifery professionals who are living with cancer, fleeing domestic abuse or suffering with poor mental health.

The grant to the Cavell Nurses’ trust is part of a package approved by the WCI’s charity trustees.

While much of our annual grant-making budget has already been committed to existing Charity Partners we still have the financial capacity to make a difference – and we have decided that we should do so without delay.

While retaining some of our grant-making capacity for other ad hoc applications that continue to arrive, we concluded that we should have a particular focus during the next few months on smaller, local charities whose activities have been adversely affected by Covid-19. With this in mind we have already agreed immediate top-up payments to the following existing Charity Partners:

Made in Hackney

St Mary Le Bow Young Homeless Project

We are also making immediate grants to the following charities:

The 999 Club

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust

The Felix Project

The Passage

ImageJohn Young, Chair of the Charitable Trust, said: “We would like to encourage WCI members to let us know as soon as possible if they are aware of other similar charities who might benefit from our support at this uniquely challenging time. And of course if any member would like to make an additional donation to the Charitable Trust to add to our communal response as a livery company we shall be very happy to hear from them!”

Any member who would like to respond to either of these appeals should contact John directly at

Read more about the WCI’s wide range of philanthropic support.