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Published: October 22, 2021 | Updated: October 22, 2021

BU nursing students Grace, Abbie and Tallulah are first to receive end-of-life care scholarships

Tallulah Webb (left), Abbie McQueen (front) and Grace Shobbrook (second right) with Lewis-Manning Trustees David McDonald and Dr Linda Thompson and BU’s Dr Sue Baron. Picture: Philip Hartley.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Three adult nursing students at Bournemouth University have been selected for the newly launched Lewis-Manning Hospice Care end-of-life care scholarship scheme.

They will each receive £3,000 of funding for the 2021/2022 academic year and also a range of support from Lewis-Manning.

It includes travel costs, online learning, conference opportunities and the chance to shadow a member of the Lewis-Manning Hospice Care clinical team.

Interest in the scholarship scheme was high, with 25 applications received.

Ten shortlisted applicants were interviewed by Dr Linda Thompson, LMHC Board of Trustees; Dr Sue Green, Deputy Head of Department and Dr Sue Baron, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing from the Department of Nursing in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University.

The successful students were:

  • Grace Shobbrook, 21: “This scholarship will allow me to graduate with invaluable professional development and experiences gained with the best support and knowledge from Lewis-Manning Hospice Care. Palliative and end-of-life care is something I feel truly passionate about and I am incredibly proud and grateful for this opportunity. I look forward to starting this journey.”
  • Abbie McQueen, 21: “This opportunity has given me the investment I need for my future, as nursing is not just a job for me, but a vocation. Palliative care is such an important stage of everyone’s life and I am honoured to be a part of it.”
  • Tallulah Webb, 27: “It’s an honour to have received the Lewis-Manning Scholarship for the following year. I’ve had a special interest in palliative care since the start of my healthcare career and this will give me great learning opportunities that I would have otherwise not had.”                           

Dr Sue Baron said: “This is an amazing development opportunity for Grace, Abbie and Tallulah and we are extremely grateful to Clare Gallie, CEO; the Board of Trustees at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and the Burdett Nursing Trust for making this possible.

“Dr Linda Thompson and I had our first meeting with Abbie, Tallulah and Grace when their excitement at being awarded these scholarships, and enthusiasm for making the most of the development opportunities that lie ahead, was a delight to experience.

“We are both looking forward to supporting their development during this final year of their BSc (Hons) in Nursing programme.”

Dr Linda Thompson said: “We were very pleased with the level of interest shown in the scholarship scheme and extremely impressed by the talent and passion shown by applicants.”

Clare Gallie, pictured left, added: “We are delighted to welcome on board Grace, Abbie and Tallulah and offer huge congratulations on their success in being accepted on to the inaugural scholarship scheme kindly supported by the Burdett Nursing Trust.

“We look forward to working with them over the coming year and helping them to develop their skills and understanding of end-of-life care.

“It’s great to be partnering with Bournemouth University on this new scholarship initiative and I know that it will open new doors and opportunities for the students involved.

“We see the huge value of investing in student nurses to encourage their interest in palliative and end-of-life care.

“We look forward to nurturing this new talent from Bournemouth University.”