Student shortlisted for Nursing Award

A nursing student from the University who started his own charity to help impoverished children in Kenya has been shortlisted for a prestigious scholarship award run by a national nursing charity.

Christopher Ferry has been shortlisted for interview as a candidate for the 2012/13 Cavell Nurses' Trust Scholarship Awards and is now in line to win the Community Award, which carries with it a travel scholarship worth £1500.

Aged 26, Christopher is currently in the second year of his adult nursing degree at the University of Leeds. Before nursing, he completed a degree in International Development and Politics at Leeds during which he started a charity called The Eating Stones Fund.

Christopher said: "I started it in direct response to specific needs in the slums of Nairobi after I had been volunteering in Kenya. I have now travelled to Kenya four times for Eating Stones to work on projects including a children's home for more than 50 orphaned children, a primary school, and a community clinic."

He added: "It was whilst running one of the medical camps that I saw the huge impact that our nursing team had on the people they were caring for and this was the inspiration to go back to university to become a nurse."

Cavell Nurses' Trust, set up in memory of World War 1 nurse Edith Cavell following her execution in 1915, launched the Scholarship Awards last year with the aim of recognising exceptional student nurses and midwives in the UK. 

The awards are designed to help nursing and midwifery students at the start of their careers and are open to students currently studying nursing or midwifery on undergraduate/postgraduate or diploma courses at universities in the UK.

Further information about the Scholarship Awards can be found by visiting the awards website.

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