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Raise your whisks - Raise your whisks

Bake Off winner calls on people to support Cavell Nurses' Trust in their Raise your Whisks campaign

Great British Bake Off winner and registered nurse David Atherton is calling on people to host a bake sale to raise money for nursing and midwifery staff in financial hardship.

Mr Atherton is supporting this year’s annual Raise Your Whisks campaign in aid of the charity Cavell Nurses’ Trust, which has seen a surge in demand during the coronavirus pandemic. The campaign consists of a “week of action” between the International Day of the Midwife on 5 May and International Nurses’ Day on 12 May.

Nursing professionals and members of the public are being urged to use the week to hold a Covid-secure bake sale outside, or to explore a virtual alternative such as a bake along on social media. Money raised will go towards the charity’s work supporting nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in the UK who are facing a personal or financial crisis.

During the first 12 months after Covid-19 hit, the charity saw a 140% increase in the number of nursing and midwifery professionals needing help, compared with the same period in 2019.

John Harrison, fundraising manager at Cavell Nurses’ Trust, said: “The impact of the pandemic will be felt by nursing professionals for months and years to come, but Raise Your Whisks fundraisers can help to ensure there’s a source of financial support for those in hardship.

“We have plenty of great ideas and support to help fundraisers host successful bake sales, whether they’re in-person events held in gardens or driveways, or a virtual bake-along over Zoom or Facebook Live.”

Meanwhile, Mr Atherton, who won the Great British Bake Off television competition in 2019, encouraged nursing and midwifery staff to get involved in the campaign to support colleagues.

“Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants have faced massive challenges this year in the face of the pandemic,” he said.

“Join me and show your support by hosting a bake sale between International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses’ Day to help raise vital money for those in financial hardship.”

To take part or to learn more, visit the website.

Source: Nursing Times