Nurturing Nurses - Florence Nightingale and Friends

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Florence Nightingale Statue in London - 1915

The statue was designed by Sir Arthur George Walker and was put up in 1915. It is a bronze standing portrait of Nightingale, holding a lamp in her right hand. She stands on a granite pedestal which has bronze plaques showing scenes of her at work - interviewing officers, attending a meeting of nurses and arranging transport for the wounded. The memorial stands on an island site in the centre of the road next to the Guards Crimean War Memorial.

Mary Seacole Statue in London - June 2016

Mary Seacole was a Jamaican-born nurse who cared for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War in the 19th Century.

The statue's completion follows a 12-year campaign which raised £500,000 to honour her. The statue was created by sculptor Martin Jennings and stands opposite the Houses of Parliament in the grounds of St Thomas' Hospital.

It is inscribed with words written in 1857 by The Times' Crimean War correspondent, Sir William Howard Russell: "I trust that England will not forget one who nursed her sick, who sought out her wounded to aid and succour them, and who performed the last offices for some of her illustrious dead."

Mary Seacole's pioneering work saved lives and people of all backgrounds can draw inspiration from the fact that her achievements have finally been recognised.

Edith Cavell Statue in London - 1920

The statue is made of white marble, against a 7.6-metre-tall grey granite cross and is situated in St Martin's Place, London WC2.

Nurse Edith Cavell (1865-1915), shot at dawn in Brussels for helping allied soldiers escape to Holland in the early stages of World War I, is shown in the nurse's uniform she wore to face the firing squad. The woman and child depicted at the top of the cross were meant to symbolise Humanity, more specifically the allies' role in protecting Belgium and other small nations.