The Benevolent Funds are available to provide assistance not only to League members, but also to any nurse who has trained at St Bartholomew's Hospital, in accordance with the Constitution. The sub-committee which administers the Fund on behalf of the League is concerned to give assistance to those who are going through periods of hardship.
The Committee welcomes all applications and enquiries; all information is held in strict confidence within the Committee. The Committee is always glad to hear news of members and has the welfare of nurses who trained at St Bartholomew's at its heart. A countrywide network has been established to facilitate local visits to colleagues who would appreciate this offer of support and friendship.
The Committee meets six times during the year, but urgent requests can be considered at any time.
To contact this Committee please write, marking envelopes "confidential", to:
The Honorary Secretary of the Benevolent Fund Sub-Committee at the address shown in the League News
c/o The League of St Bartholomew's Nurses,
The Post Room,
St Bartholomew's Hospital,
A Procedure for Allocating Financial Gifts from the Benevolent Fund to Bart's Nurses and League Members is available. This gives detailed information regarding the allocation of funds and reassurance about the sensitivity of the response to requests. Please click on the link below to access this document
Three funds comprise the scholarship funds of the league.
Isla Stewart Memorial Fund
Isla Stewart trained as a nurse at St Thomas’s Hospital and was appointed Matron at Bart’s in 1887, where she remained until her death in 1910. She was a pioneer of State Registration of Nurses and campaigned for formal education and training. She founded the League of St Bartholomew’s Nurses in 1899.
Following her death in 1910 the League decided to set up a fund as a memorial, which was used to provide a library for nurses. In 1930 it was agreed to use the income from the fund to provide travelling scholarships and bursaries for League members
Helen Baines Memorial Fund
Helen Baines was a much loved Assistant Matron, who spent her whole working life at Bart’s. She commenced training in 1909 and went into administration in 1914 as an Office Sister. She was appointed an Assistant Matron in 1921 and became Acting Matron in 1940. She was an able administrator who made time to visit the wards and was known for her wise advice.
In 1921 she took on the role of Honorary Secretary of the League and remained in post until 1939 when she was elected the first Life Vice President. She died in April 1944 following which a fund was set up in her name to provide scholarships and travelling bursaries for League members.
William Derrick Coltart Award.
William Derrick Coltart was an orthopaedic consultant who trained at Bart’s, qualifying in 1930. He worked as a house surgeon on the general wards followed by the orthopaedic wards and then became an orthopaedic registrar at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. After the war he was appointed an additional orthopaedic surgeon at Bart’s. He died in June 1963.
In 1967 a fund was set up in his memory to provide an award for an educational study visit in either the UK or overseas
All three funds are only available to fully paid up members of the League and are for financial assistance with course fees and associated costs of study, for both professional and personal development.
A sub-committee administers the funds and meets four times a year to consider applications. League members are urged to apply for funding.
The Scholarship and Benevolent Funds Committees form a Registered Charity. Donations to these funds can be given using Gift Aid where appropriate. Forms for giving donations can be found in the League News or obtained from the relevant Honorary Secretary.