One of the joys of being a Nightingale is that special link between us. I was struggling to cope with all that was going on in my life yet felt supported and loved by the Nightingales who trained with me all those decades ago. I had just left an abusive marriage, my finances were desperate. One of those Nightingales suggested I apply to the Benevolent Fund and within weeks of completing the form a cheque arrived. At that time of need the Benevolent Fund came to my rescue and I not only received financial support, I felt comforted by the care offered to me at a time of great need.