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'Demeaning': Trust rejects donation from men in nursing drag

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A community NHS trust has turned down £2,500 in donations from a group of men who raised the money dressed as female nurses.

Put together by the Shropshire-based League of Friends, the charity push is an annual event where a group of men dressed in drag as female nurses runs around the town collecting money for their local NHS trust. It has gone on for around 20 years

However, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust has turned the money raised down this year because chief executive Jan Ditheridge was not comfortable with how the men portray medical staff.

‘It isn’t okay to portray healthcare professionals in this way,’ she told the Shropshire Star. ‘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.’

League of Friends chair Peter Corfield hit back, saying they had not had ‘one single complaint’ from the public and that the event was initially set up years ago in collaboration with NHS staff.

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How ridiculous this is only a bit of fun, its quite obvious their only raising money and having a bit of fun at the same time
I'm a nurse and i'm also more offended that the money has been turned down after these lads have put themselves out to raise this money.
I'm sure if that trust does not want it some other charity would be really happy to take it.
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JUST BAN FUN, Ms Ditheridge - after all, ANY kind of fun could be found to be offensive to SOMEBODY if you wrack your brain long and hard enough!
PC extremists like you are sucking the life's blood out of my country. Of course, we all know it's for a Common Purpose....don't we...?
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Utter stupidity .....I am a Staff Nurse and am not offended .....what a fabulous bunch of men having fun whilst raising money for charity.....and they get a kick in the teeth rather than the praise they deserve....get real !!!
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I am a nurse and I do not find this in any way offensive, it's a bit of fun which the PC bunch should just leave alone !!
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I'm more offended that the trust turned down the donation!
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