Celebrating International Nurses Week

by Karen Fill, 38 Degrees Cheltenham local group

A few months ago 38 Degrees members from all across the country took part in training sessions so we could become organisers of 38 Degrees local groups.  We wanted to make a positive change in our communities and thought the best way to do that was to get organised. We learnt how to hold meetings and campaign locally on the issues that matter to us all. Since then, 38 Degrees local groups have been springing up all over the place – it’s been an exciting movement to be part of!

So far, the Cheltenham local group has hit the streets twice  to collect signatures for the ‘Save our NHS’ petition – below is a photo of us handing the petition over to some of the local candidates.

But just because the election is over it doesn’t mean we’re going to stop meeting up in our community – really we’re just getting started!

Last Thursday we celebrated International Nurses Week by delivering cards and gifts (mostly edible!) to the staff at Cheltenham General Hospital. It was a chance to show all the NHS staff our gratitude.

We visited both the A&E Reception and the Main Reception and explained that we wanted to thank them for all they have done, and continue to do every day, to care for people. They were very happy to see us, with the receptionists promising to pass on our thanks to the rest of the team. At the Main Reception we were told it had been a tough day so it was particularly welcome to be able to provide some positive support (and chocolate!).

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