Scaling the heights to help nurses in the hour of need

21st Jan 2014

A CITY Hospital Nurse is preparing to climb a Canadian mountain named after an inspirational First World Ward Nurse.

Suzanne Payne hopes to climb Mount Edith Cavell in August 2015 scaling the 3,365 metre peak along with 100 other nurses from across Britain, Canada and the USA.

She plans to raise as much money as possible for the Cavell Nurses’ Trust  which was set up in 1917 in memory of British Nurse Edith Cavell who cared for wounded soldiers, irrespective of their nationality, and was arrested after helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape into neutral Holland.

This year marks the centenary of Edith’s death when she was shot by a firing squad, despite international pressure for mercy.

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust is now the UK’s largest benevolent fund for nurses, midwives and health care assistants and provides help to nurses who have nowhere else to turn to or have fallen on hard times.

As part of her fundraising Suzanne, who is a newly qualified Staff Nurse on City Hospital’s Critical Care Unit, is also doing a bungee jump in April.

Suzanne said: “I heard about the Cavell Nurses’ Trust as a student nurse and I felt that as nurses, we giveso much to the patients, it would be nice to do something to give something back to nurses.

“Edith Cavell was an incredible lady who risked her life for others and as nurses we still follow her principals of caring and compassion today.”

To sponsor Suzanne visit her Just Giving web page, type in ‘Suzanne Payne’, then click the first link ‘Sues Are you 1 in 100’.

For more details about the Cavell Nurses’ Trust or get involved in fundraising visit their website at

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