A group of nurses are making a plea to companies and individuals in the Halifax area for donations to use in a raffle, the profits of which will go to a very worthy charitable cause.

The nurses, who work for different hospitals across West Yorkshire, are all currently undertaking a course at Bradford University, the intention of which is to convert their qualifications from Enrolled Nurse to Staff Nurse. As a component of this course the group is required to organise a conference on a health related subject with entertainment and a fund raising raffle.

The conference they are organising is called ‘It Affects Us All: a conference to examine substance misuse and raise awareness of the issues surrounding it’, and it will take place on January 24th 2003. Any funds raised through the raffle will be donated to Dashline, the local substance misuse agency.

The group of nurses will be visiting stores in Halifax Town Centre on Friday 29th November to collect raffle prizes.

Wendy Sereaton, is a Senior Enrolled Nurse at the Ashdale Ward, Calderdale Royal Hospital, and she is organising the conference. Speaking about the group’s choice of theme for the conference she said, ‘We wanted to organise a conference on a theme that affects everyone, and we thought substance misuse was one such area. No matter what area of health or social care you work in, you will come across the issue of substance misuse and witness the impact it has on people’s lives. It not only affects your physical health but mental health and well being also, and we thought it was important to help raise awareness of the issues surrounding it. Any money made from the prizes donated for the raffle will go to Dashline, who really make a difference to people’s lives and get them on the road to recovery’.

Anyone willing to donate prizes for the raffle, or find out more about the conference, can contact Wendy Sereaton on 01422 222898.


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