Students ready to hit the heights

Cavell Challenge students

NURSING and midwifery students from across the Valleys are braving temperatures as low as -20C to raise money for a support charity.

The group of nine, who are studying at the University of South Wales, are setting off for Canada on August 22 to take on the Mount Cavell Challenge – which will see them undergo a week of physical and mental challenges on the 3,363-metre Mount Edith Cavell, which is in the country’s Alberta province.

The adventure will see them raise funds for and awareness of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust – which supports nurses, midwives and health care assistants who are facing difficulties in their life. Each student is aiming to raise £2,000 for the charity.

The challenge is just one of the events being held this year to commemorate the centenary of Edith Cavell's death. The World War I nurse was executed by a German firing squad after being accused of helping to smuggle Allied soldiers out of danger.

“As well as climbing the mountain, the team will be kayaking, horse riding, and glacier walking, among other things,” said Nicky Genders, Head of Care Sciences at the University.

“While it will be a fantastic experience for those involved, it will also help to improve the key personal skills the students will need in the nursing and midwifery professions, such as team working, decision making, co-operation, and communication.”

The team will also be carrying mascot Glyn Taff – who’s named after the campus where they study - to the summit.

Jon Penhale, Operations Director at Cavell Nurses’ Trust, said: “We’re really excited to be holding our first international challenge and at such a fitting location. There’s no doubting it will be tough but that’s what these challenges are all about.

“We want to recognise the bravery of Edith Cavell but more importantly we want to raise vital funds to help today’s nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives who are facing difficult times.”

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