The Mairi Hurrell Fund for mental & physical welfare of students

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The Mairi Hurrell Fund

Over £26,000 from alumni, Fellows and friends was raised to support Queens' students who require treatment and counselling for physical and mental health and welfare during the Covid-19 crisis. The Fellows have now decided to establish this permanently.

To date, these funds have been used:

•For specialist treatment such as EMDR therapy for those suffering from previous trauma.

•To fund assessments for ADHD diagnoses and adjustments. There is currently a two year NHS waiting list for these assessments. Thanks to this Fund, we can process this in a month.

•We reached 'saturation' point with number of hours for clinical interventions over the Easter term and this fund allowed us to 'buy in' some additional hours for student support.

•To produce material and information for all students to provide access to welfare for those who have only known Queens' as a College with COVID restrictions to help us reclaim a sense of community.

 

Named in honour of Mrs Mairi Hurrell, who retired from Queens' in 2015 after providing outstanding service as the College Nurse and Welfare Adviser for more than 20 years, the Fund will provide lasting benefits to Queens’ students.

Between January and June 2020 Mairi provided emergency cover in the Health Centre and her care helped ensure that so many students were able to graduate. In July 2020, Mairi was elected to an Honorary Fellowship by the Governing Body of Queens' in recognition of her service to the College. 

Upon her retirement in 2015, Mairi was interviewed in The Bridge magazine and spoke of her fond memories

I have attended every graduation ceremony since 1993. Watching from the gallery of the Senate House, as each student receives their degree, knowing the challenges that many have faced and overcome, is awe-inspiring. That is a wonderfully rewarding part of the job.”

- Mairi Hurrell, The Bridge magazine, Spring 2015

 Mairi Hurrell Smiling at Camera

Double your impact with The Harding Challenge!

Gifts to this Fund from donors in the following categories qualify to unlock matched funding from The Harding Challenge:

  • First time donors to Queens’ and the University
  • Donors who gave to Queens’ for the first time between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2021 (and have already qualified for The Harding Challenge)
  • Donors whose last gift to Queens’ was before 31 July 2019

Please contact Ms Emma Charlesworth in the Development Office if you have questions about whether you might qualify for The Harding Challenge.

• Please note that unless you indicate otherwise, we have to assume that your donation is for the Unrestricted Fund.