Hardship fund for nurses and midwives now open

As of 1 January 2022, the RCN Foundation has changed the way it provides financial hardship grants to nursing and midwifery staff who most need it.

We have brought the service in-house, issuing grants for financial hardship and signposting sources of support. Named the RCN Foundation Benevolent Service, this is a change from the existing Lamplight Support Service, which has been delivered by the RCN and funded by the RCN Foundation.

Applications for hardship grants are now open –  find out more and apply here.

Right now, thousands of nurses, midwives and healthcare support workers across the UK continue to be at the forefront of battling COVID-19. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our supporters, since April 2020, the RCN Foundation helped 3,286 nursing and midwifery staff, providing just over £1.45m in grants through our COVID-19 Support Fund and the Stelios Says Thank You Awards.

Find out more about how we are supporting the nursing and midwifery staff during COVID-19. 

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