They save lives, make us better when we're poorly and even bring new life into the world. But according to new research, more than 90% of the public think nurses are under-appreciated for the work they do, with more than half (57%) thinking that nurses are Britain’s most under-appreciated workers.
In response to that, the Cavell Nurse's Trust has launched a national ‘Moment of Thanks’ campaign to say a thousand thank-yous to Britain’s nurses.
‘Moment of thanks’ asks people from all over the UK to pledge their ‘thank you’ to acknowledge the care and compassion nurses show day in and day out. It could be a small, everyday act of kindness a nurse showed you when you were visiting a loved one or someone special who cared for you when you needed it most.
Hundreds of people have already shared their ‘thank yous’ and stories across Twitter, Facebook and on the ‘Moment of Thanks’ website but the Trust hopes to have more than a thousand ‘thank you’ pledges by Christmas 2015.
The Cavell Nurses’ Trust was set up in 1917 following the public outcry that came after the death of Edith Cavell, a British nurse who is celebrated for saving WW1 soldiers’ lives on both sides of the fight. Today it supports more than 1,000 nurses each year during difficult times– this could be because of illness, domestic abuse, disability, working poverty and older age– and gives welfare support to nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and students who are in financial or personal hardship.
To give your 'Moment of Thanks' simple share a photo, video or a few words on social media using the hashtag #momentofthanks or visit momentofthanks.org.
And you can follow #momentofthanks and @CavellTrust or search for Cavell Nurses’ Trust on Facebook to keep up with the campaign and look at the thanks of others.
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