Student Amy nurses an ambition

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STUDENT Amy Sewell has earned the rare honour of being able to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.

She is one of only 30 given a place to study mental health nursing at London’s celebrated King’s College, formerly called St Thomas Hospital.

It was established more than 150 years ago by Nightingale who became famous during the Crimean War where her preference for doing “rounds” at night earned her the title “The Lady with the Lamp.”

Amy (19) from The Larches, Doddington, is completing a two-year extended diploma in health and social care at the College of West Anglia in King’s Lynn, having transferred there from its Wisbech campus last year.

She said: “I am still in a state of denial. I don’t believe it has happened.”

She attended Cromwell College in Chatteris before enrolling with the College of West Anglia.

“I always knew I wanted to be a nurse. I am very excited. It can’t believe it,” said Amy.

Her personal statement, the college’s reference and her performance at a selection day in London impressed King’s College so much that she is being offered one of only a limited number of places, subject to getting a minimum of two distinctions from her college course.

Amy is hoping for three distinctions when the results come out in August.

She would start at King’s College in September.

She was supported by the college in making an application through the University and Colleges Clearing Service (UCAS).

“It is amazing” said Sandra Hyde, course director at the College of West Anglia.