Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis is to give away up to 500 tickets for the 2019 event to trainee nurses in the Mendip area, where the festival is based.
Speaking at Shepton Mallet’s summer fete in July, Eavis said he made the decision following a conversation with the local NHS trust chairman, who had complained about a lack of trainees.
The tickets are available to Mendip-area students who are enrolled on a nursing course this year, according to a statement on the Glastonbury festival’s website. A spokesperson for the festival told the Guardian that, as well as a gesture of support for the NHS, Eavis wants the initiative to encourage more people to take up the profession.
Somerset has a shortage of registered nurses, with inpatient beds at Shepton Mallet, Chard and Dene Barton community hospitals temporarily closed last October as a result.
In February, Hayley Peters, chief nurse for the Taunton and Somerset NHS…