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Southampton nursing student recognised at national awards

Published: 23 May 2016
Cavell Trust Award winner
Pictured left to right: Sally Gunnell OBE DL; Cara Sturgess; Chairman Simon Knighton

An inspirational student nurse from the University of Southampton has been honoured for her passion and commitment.


Cara Sturgess, a second year mental health nurse student, was presented with The Outstanding Student Nurse Award, sponsored by RCN Foundation, at the Cavell Nurses’ Trust Awards.

Cara wins a £1,500 prize fund to put towards a travel placement of her choice, enabling her to further develop her skills as a mental health nurse.

Cavell Nurses’ Trust gives money and 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.

Cara commented: “It was incredible to win this award and to be able to highlight and celebrate mental health nursing. I can’t wait to start planning my placement.”

The ceremony took place in front of a packed audience of nurses, midwives and healthcare leaders from around the UK.

Special guest speaker at the ceremony, Sally Gunnell OBE DL, said: “It’s a real pleasure to share in the excitement of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust Awards. The world of athletics demands commitment and determination and it’s fantastic to see nurses and midwives are recognised for those values too.”

Cavell Nurses’ Trust Chairman Simon Knighton said: “The Cavell Nurses’ Trust Awards helps us be here for nurses and midwives, either by supporting them when they face hardship or by celebrating the amazing work that they do every day.

“We’d like to thank the generous organisations that sponsored our awards and lent their time and expertise to ensure the awards are a fitting tribute to the passion and commitment of all our finalists.”

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