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Student shortlisted for national award

Posted on 27 July 2023

Second year nursing student Amy Mann has been shortlisted for an RCN (Royal College of Nursing) award in the category of Student of the Year.

Amy Mann

Amy’s nomination comes after she founded Kathleen's Legacy. The legacy was set up after her grandmother died, initially making blankets for people at the end of life so no one died in a hospital blue blanket, but one made with love. After death, these blankets either remain with the person or are given to families as a positive reminder of their loved one. In its first year, the initiative donated 130 handmade blankets to end of life patients. Amy has now developed a workshop on end of life care for her university peers. She shares her experience, and highlights the difference between end of life and palliative care, and best practice in end of life care.

Amy said: “I was really shocked to hear that I had been nominated by a fellow student and I was really surprised to hear that I had been shortlisted. I’m so touched that something I founded after my Grandmother passed away is touching the lives of so many.”

BSc nursing programme lead, Rachel Skipper said: “This is fantastic news and yet another example of the excellent work our students are doing around improving the lives of the people they come into contact with during their nurse training. Good luck Amy.”

David Barrett, Deputy Head of Department (Teaching) said: “Amy’s work in setting up and growing Kathleen’s Legacy is extraordinary, and I’m delighted that it has been acknowledged with this nomination. Well done Amy, and good luck!.”

The winner will be announced in November.