Student nurses team up with charity SHARE.

Posted on 7th September 2017

A pair of student nurses has teamed up with the charity, SHARE, to collect basic necessities such as toiletries and baby items for those in desperate need

Left to Right: Kelly Francis, SHARE Team Leader; Dean McShane; Jemma Sharratt and Kirsty Dower.
Left to Right: Kelly Francis, SHARE Team Leader; Dean McShane; Jemma Sharratt and Kirsty Dower.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, which was back in May, Kirsty Dower, who studies Mental Health Nursing, and Jemma Sharratt, who studies Adult Nursing, met with the SHARE team to discuss ways in which they could help the charity. The students decided to start collecting ‘little bags of kindness’. These small packs in wash bags contained toiletries such as soap, toothbrushes and sanitary products.

Jemma said: “We were amazed to see how many people SHARE helps throughout the North West and in refugee camps abroad. We listened to stories about people who had nothing but the clothes on their back, and decided we wanted to do something to help.”

Kirsty added: “It is such an inspiring and worthy cause being able to help people who are in such desperate need of the basic necessities we sometimes take for granted. I feel humbled to be a part of such a worthy cause.”

Kirsty and Jemma collected 60 bags to be distributed to the local homeless community, relocated families and refugees. They also collected larger donations such as clothing, shoes, baby items and children’s toys.

Dean McShane, Mental Health Lecturer at the Warrington Campus of the University of Chester, joined Kirsty and Jemma on a recent visit to the SHARE headquarters in Mold, North Wales, to hand over the items they collected.

Dean said: “The SHARE team were blown away by our students’ hard work and determination. While we were there, we even got to see one of the ‘little bags of kindness’ put to good use when a local homeless man’s key worker came in, desperate to provide him with some basic necessities.”

Jemma added: “We were so happy to see our ‘little bags of kindess’ being given out before we had even left the headquarters. It just goes to show that every donation counts and is appreciated.”

Throughout Mental Health Awareness week, students at the Warrington Campus of the University of Chester took part in various activities to raise money for SHARE, including a raffle, bake sale and a collection at the Time to Change cinema event. In total they raised over £400. 

Kirsty and Jemma are eager to continue to support SHARE and they will be collecting shoes, boots and trainers. Donations can be dropped off at the Health and Social Care administration office or given to Dean McShane, both on the Warrington Campus.

You can find out more about the charity SHARE here: https://shareaid.co.uk/