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NHS morale and student nurses
at 20:27 28 Mar 2020

I am an old Suffolk boy exiled to Lancashire for more than 40 years.
My daughter is a 21 year old student nurse now answering the call to volunteer to join up in the fight against corona. She will get home exhausted after her first work day on April 1st to find that the £40k loan she has been saddled with to train as a nurse has gone up during the day because the country continues to charge her interest (5.4% now) on this loan.
I am very proud that she is willing to risk her health and possibly her life to save others lives but very angry that she has been put in this ridiculous financial situation,
To try to fix this and boost her morale and that of others wondering whether to risk volunteering, I have set up a gov petition at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/302732
If you feel able to support my petition and share it with others, I would be very grateful.
In the last few years she has been with me to watch ITFC at Wigan, Bolton, Blackburn, Huddersfield and Old Trafford so she too is a Town fan even though she is born and bred here in Lancs. Since my first match in 1967 I have been to Portman Road with my family members from my grandfather , my parents, brother, wife, children and nephew. At times like this you think of family and friends and ITFC and Portman Road is bound up in all of those memories as a continuous thread.
Good luck to you all and stay safe.
Shaun Mahony
PS Not sure if this is the right forum for this post but I have to try
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