Salford midwifery students praised at royal ceremony

Tuesday 25 March 2014
Judith Jones (pictured right) winner of the Outstanding Student Midwife category, meets Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal with Paulina Sporek (centre) highly commended and Suzie Smyth (left), runner-up.

Two students from Salford enjoyed a royal date when they attended a glittering ceremony in London to celebrate the brightest nursing and midwifery students of today.

Two students from Salford enjoyed a royal date when they attended a glittering ceremony in London to celebrate the brightest nursing and midwifery students of today.

Judith Jones and Paulina Sporek, both studying at the University of Salford, met Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, who was guest of honour at the event, held at Fishmongers Hall, London Bridge, which marked the culmination of the prestigious 2013/14 Cavell Nurses' Trust Scholarship Awards.

Her Royal Highness, who presented one of the awards, is President of the Edith Cavell Centenary Appeal, which aims to raise £3 million by October 2015 to double the number of beneficiaries which the national nurses’ charity currently supports.

Judith, who is in the third year of her midwifery degree, was named as Outstanding Student Midwife. Paulina, also studying midwifery, was highly commended in the same category. They received their awards from Professor Lesley Page, President of the Royal College of Midwives.

At the event The Princess Royal addressed the invited audience, saying: "It is a pleasure to join you tonight, a really nice occasion for us all to be able to celebrate and congratulate our winners and to thank, particularly the Cavell Nurses' Trust for supporting the next generation of nursing leaders in Britain at such an important point in their careers.”

Her Royal Highness said she was proud to be President of the charity's centenary appeal, adding: "The Trust feels this is an appropriate time to allow us to invest even more in the future of our young nurses and midwives. It is an entirely worthwhile aim of this kind of event which raises the profile of these young people."

She said the award winners now had the "extraordinary valuable gift" to be able to go out and learn. "If the Trust has the ability to support more of them, they can attract more people to the opportunity and support their ambitions and dreams for the future."

The Princess Royal also spoke about the "ethos" that Edith Cavell had, "the real role she had in caring and the real difference that made. Edith Cavell had so little to work with but what a difference she made in the name of humanity. And that is something we really can afford to celebrate in the next few years. 

"It is a story that touched people's lives across the world, not just here in Britain. And the Trust has a lot to celebrate and a lot to go for."