Florence Nightingale’s life and work remembered
9th May 2012 at 6:30 pm
The annual service held to celebrate nursing and midwifery and all staff, both qualified and unqualified working in these services.
Florence Nightingale’s life and work was commemorated at the special service on 9th May at 6.30 pm. Nurses, midwives, health visitors and government ministers were amongst those attending the service which is held annually at Westminster Abbey. The 2012 service celebrated nurses across the board and recognised the balance of skill and intellect coupled with care and compassion and started the celebrations for International Nurses’ Day on 12th May.
The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall lead the service and the Address was given by Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury.
A lamp – symbolic of Florence Nightingale – was taken from the Florence Nightingale Chapel during the service and escorted by a procession of nurses to the Dean who places it on the High Altar.
This year the Lamp was carried by Claire Gibbs and it will be escorted by student nurses from Liverpool John Moores University.
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