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Worcester Student Wins Recognition in Search for 'Outstanding Student Midwife'

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Worcester student Helen Hunt was recognised for demonstrating the values of World War 1 nurse Edith Cavell, in the presence of Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, earlier this month.

As part of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust centenary appeal, Helen was named as a runner-up in the Trust’s search for the country’s most Outstanding Student Midwife at their annual awards ceremony in London.

The awards, now in their fourth year, are especially poignant as 2015 marks 100 years since the execution of Edith Cavell in German-occupied Belgium. The British nurse helped to save the lives of hundreds of soldiers from both sides of the conflict.

This year’s award ceremony honoured 8 winners and 8 runners-up. Helen, who is from Pershore, was voted runner-up in the Outstanding Student Midwife category from a pool of hundreds of applicants.

The third-year student has previously helped to develop websites advising women on antenatal and postnatal care, has represented her peers in her role as a Student Academic Representative, and was last year awarded an academic scholarship by the University in recognition of her exceptional grades.

Helen says: “I didn’t think in a million years that I would have a chance of being successful, as they have so many applicants. I had to go down to London for the interview along with the other shortlisted candidates, and I was delighted to find out that I had been named as runner-up.

“I have a real desire and enthusiasm to provide competent, compassionate and woman-centred care, and my goal has always been to ensure that every woman - and partner - that I support has a fulfilling pregnancy, birth and postnatal experience which will aid their transition into parenthood and ensure that the next generation has a stable foundation from which to flourish.”

HRH The Princess Royal was involved in the awards for a second year in her role as President of the Trust’s Edith Cavell centenary appeal.

In a letter written to support the centenary appeal, HRH The Princess Royal said: “Cavell Nurses’ Trust do vital work each year in supporting nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants ensuring that Edith Cavell’s legacy of caring and learning lives on.”

Cavell Nurses’ Trust gives welfare support to nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and students experiencing financial or personal hardship, often because of illness, domestic abuse, disability, working poverty and older age. 

Cavell Nurses’ Trust CEO Steve Charlton says: “In the last year Cavell Nurses’ Trust helped over 1,100 people with over 7,100 years combined service to the public.

“I’d like to congratulate Helen,” he continues. “This year’s awards build on our commitment to be here for nurses by celebrating excellence and leadership. These are qualities Edith Cavell demonstrated by caring for soldiers on both sides of WW1 and by helping 200 Allied soldiers reach freedom, actions which would lead to her execution by firing squad.”

The judging panel for the awards included representatives from the Welsh Government, RCN Foundation, and academic institutions, Kings College London, University of the West of England, University of Nottingham, and Oxford Brookes University.

To find out more about Cavell Nurses’ Trust, included the campaigns and events of the centenary appeal sign up at www.cavellnursestrust.org/sign-up