Hospital turns down donation from men who wore demeaning nurse costumes

first_imgIn a letter to the Ludlow Hospital League of Friends, Ms Ditheridge and chair of the trust Mike Ridley, said: “The presentation of men dressed as female nurse sin a highly-sexualised and demeaning way is wrong, very outdated and insulting to the profession.” Peter Corfield, chairman of the League of Friends of Ludlow Hospital, described the refusal of the cash as “absolutely ridiculous.”  Nurses  A hospital has turned down a donation from a group of men who raised money by dressing up as nurses, claiming their behaviour was “highly-sexualised” and “demeaning”.The men raised £2,500 in the event in Ludlow, Shropshire, which sees them dress up as female nurses and take to the streets with collection buckets.The fundraising drive for Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust has been taking place without complaint for 30 years, raising around £90,000 in total.Jan Ditheridge, chief executive of the trust, said she is not comfortable with how the event portrays medical staff and refused the donation.  Ms Ditheridge, chief executive of the trust said: “It isn’t okay to portray healthcare professionals in this way.”We have previously asked that this doesn’t happen and therefore don’t think it’s right to accept any money associated with this activity.”I’m sure the event was organised with the best intentions and we are sorry if it’s made people feel uncomfortable or embarrassed.”Many people kindly and selflessly raise money for our organisation, and especially for our hospitals. We are eternally grateful for that.” Men dressed up as nurses The event has been running for 30 yearsCredit:Caters He added: “The event has always run with the full knowledge and support of the hospital and primary care trust management with participation by NHS staff.”The whole thing is a light-hearted fundraiser which has raised between £2,500 and £6,500 each year and so over that period of time it’s a very tidy sum. The health chiefs turned down the donationCredit:Caters  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more