Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust

About Us


The Florence Nightingale Hospital was established in 1910 as the successor to the Institution for Sick Governesses, which was founded in 1850. Miss Florence Nightingale was appointed Lady Superintendent in August 1853, one year before she went to the Crimea and gained international renown. In 1910, a national memorial to Miss Nightingale was planned and consent was given to change the hospital’s name to The Florence Nightingale Hospital for Invalid Gentlewomen.

For 64 years the hospital continued its work but it was eventually sold due to rising costs and inflation. With the approval of the Charity Commission, the sale funded a new charity, The Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust. This was established in 1975 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who had been the Patron of the Hospital.

Our Mission


The Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust provides life enhancing grants to help people of all ages in need who are ill, convalescent or disabled.

These grants are used to provide medical and household aids to alleviate sickness and make a huge difference to people’s ability to manage at home and live as independently as possible.

Respite and Convalescent Breaks


We do not fund holidays but we will provide grants towards respite and convalescent breaks in nursing and convalescent homes and organised specialist breaks for children and young adults are considered to give the carer at home a well earned rest.