Helping today’s students become tomorrow’s healthcare leaders

Anna was inspired to go into midwifery after carrying out voluntary work at children’s centres, where she was involved in ante-natal and home birth classes. Her parents were only able to contribute a small amount towards her living costs and Anna found studying in London expensive, especially with added costs such as travel to and from placements. Midwifery and other healthcare students spend half their year in clinical placements, often on unpredictable shifts, so it is hard for them to take on part-time work alongside their studies.

Anna successfully applied to the King’s Hardship Fund in the second year of her course. She said, ‘The help I received from the Hardship Fund lifted a massive weight off my shoulders. I am from a working class family and the money I received has allowed me to continue my second year comfortably and without financial stress.’

Anna will qualify in 2017, and plans to work in midwifery-led birth centres, hoping to become a clinical teacher in the future.

‘I am incredibly grateful for this service, and am so thankful to the alumni that provided it. I feel it has contributed to my ability to achieve well this year. I feel very proud to be a part of a university that is so supportive and giving.’

‘Something like the King's Hardship Fund could be vital in supporting low income students to the end of their studies, so that they can achieve a job in a profession that they are passionate about.’

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