The Nightingale Fellowship Esmond Award

The Florence Nightingale Foundation is delighted to announce the Nightingale Fellowship Esmond Award, having been awarded the Esmond Bequest by the Nightingale Fellowship. Full details can be found here


The Nightingale Fellowship has a substantial Benevolent Fund which supports members in need and distress. This was set up with generous donations in the late 1920’s and many Nightingales have since contributed towards the Benevolent Fund. The aim of The Nightingale Fellowship is to encourage further donations towards this fund as a lasting legacy for its members.

The Benevolent Fund

Application Forms and Guidelines

  • Download The Benevolent Fund Leaflet here.
  • Download The Benevolent Fund Guidelines here.
  • Download The Benevolent Fund Application form here.

The Benevolent Fund is part of the Nightingale Fellowship which is a registered charity and managed by an advisory committee of members and Council members. It provides financial assistance to full Fellowship members in need. This might be to someone older who is finding difficulty managing on a small income, or someone younger, perhaps unable to work due to injury. Each application is assessed in confidence, and with compassion against agreed criteria.

Who can apply?

Any full member of the Nightingale Fellowship experiencing hardship or need.


The Benevolent Fund

Other Charitable organisations that may be able to offer assistance

Frederick Andrew Convalescent Trust

You may like to be aware of another charitable organisation called FACT (Frederick Andrew Convalescent Trust). FACT is a charity which offers financial assistance to women for convalescence support, following illness. Please look at their website for further information

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust supports the UK’s 650,000 registered nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, together with retired and student nurses throughout the UK. Please look at their website for further information

The RCN Foundation

The RCN Foundation offers both educational and benevolent funding, to both current and former nursing professionals. For more information please follow this link to their website


Relate offers counselling and support services for couples, families and young people. For further information, please see their website

The Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust

The Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust provides life enhancing grants where funding is not readily available from other sources, towards medical items and services. Supporting adults and children whose lives are impaired by severe health problems and are resident in the UK.

For further information and to apply, please go to their website at

The Company of Nurses

The Company of Nurses Charity gives assistance to bodies who are committed to raising the standards of nursing care and to those that foster the ethos of nursing.  They will provide support for those that are disadvantages or in financial need to help with training or research to improve standards and skills.  For more information please go to

The Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

The Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust Charity is an independent, urban health foundation, taking a whole-systems approach and working with partners across sectors to test and scale different projects, ideas and approaches.  Their long-term view helps make sure that ideas get the space and resource to create a real impact.  Co-producing projects, bringing in experts and providing financial, strategic and practical support to learn what works.  The Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Charity fund ideas up to multi-million pound initiatives and back quick projects as well as multi-year initiatives.  For more information please go to: