2011 news archive

Students raise funds atop UK’s highest peaks

15 November 2011

 Three peaks challenge

Nursing students have raised £1000 for the RCN Foundation Benevolent Fund by completing the Three Peaks challenge.

The thirteen students competed in one of the most challenging endurance events in the United Kingdom, climbing the UK’s three highest mountains in only 24 hours, all to raise money for the RCN Benevolent Fund, a charity which they have been supporting for two years now.

“The RCN Benevolent Fund supports nurses in need, so we felt this was an appropriate charity to support,” says nursing student Marc Woods, who along with his team mates climbed a total of 11,131 feet, or 26 miles in length, during the challenge.  “We plan to continue to raise money for the RCN Foundation Benevolent Fund through sponsored events in the new year also.”

Marc completed the Three Peaks 24 Hour Challenge with fellow nursing students Tim Lane, Ailsa Dollard-Miller, Ricky Taylor, Richard Mattingley, Lucy Coulson, Chris Spencer, Louise Hugill, Melvin Nicholson, Faye Cowperthwaite, Margot Matcham, Chris Cook and Rab Davison.  They climbed Mount Scafell (3,162 ft), Mount Snowdon (3,560 ft) and Mount Ben Nevis (4,409 ft).

If you would like to raise money for the RCN Foundation  Benevolent Fund by completing a challenge of your own, contact Lewis Allett at lewis.allett@rcn.org.uk.

Apply now for bursaries and scholarships

26 September 2011

Applications are now open for a range of bursaries and scholarships for RCN members to support projects which improve patient care, and support nursing studies.

The RCN Foundation HCA/AP bursary – the Kershaw Family bursary, offers up to £500 per recipient to support the development of projects by health practitioners that will have a direct impact on patient care.

The Kershaw educational bursary for recently qualified nurses offers support for the continuing professional development of members who, as students, were actively involved in the work of the RCN. This bursary may offer up to 100% funding to successful applicants.

These two bursaries close on 1 November 2011.

The Margaret Parkinson scholarship for pre-registration graduates encourages graduates to enter nursing by offering scholarships of up to £2,000 to graduates with a non-nursing degree who plan to become nursing students in 2012. The closing date for this scholarship is 1 December 2011.

Visit our bursaries page for more information and to apply.

Applications open for the Professional Bursary Scheme

26 August 2011

The Professional Bursary Scheme is now accepting applications for grants from nurses involved in the enhancement of primary care nurse development and the care of older people; dementia patients; and people with long term/chronic conditions with a particular focus on obesity and diabetes.

“Nurses, midwives and health practitioners do some amazing work outside the scope of their day-to-day jobs, and our schemes allow recipients to undertake a variety of learning, development and research opportunities with the aim of improving patients' health and care,” says Helen Carter, Chair of the RCN Foundation Bursaries Sub Committee.

The Professional Bursary Scheme is providing individual grants of up to £5,000 to support recipients in making a difference in their field, with the maximum grant size and the overall funding available increased from previous years.

In total, the 2011/2012 Professional Bursary Scheme will dedicate £60,000 to the enhancement of primary care nurse development and the care of older people; dementia patients; and people with long term/chronic conditions with a particular focus on obesity and diabetes. 

Nurses involved in the areas covered by this scheme need to apply for their grant by 26 October 2011.  Details and application forms can be found at www.rcnfoundation.org.uk.

Students raise record amount for nurses in need 

30 July 2011


Nurses at the University of Central Lancashire have raised more than £1000 for the RCN Foundation Benevolent Fund. As part of celebrations to mark Nurses’ Day a committee of students organised fundraising events including a second hand sale of health care books. RCN members Lucy Coulson, Tim Lane and Marc Woods also took part in the three peaks challenge to boost donations. The RCN Foundation Benevolent Fund provides financial support to nursing staff in need due to adversity, retirement, ill health, disability, family breakdown or changes to employment.