Today marks 106 years since the death of British nurse Edith Cavell who trained at The Royal London Hospital and was executed in World War One.
Nurses from The Royal London Hospital have been laying wreaths in Edith Cavell's memory at her statue in St Martin’s Place (just off the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square) since 1920. This year's memorial was attended by our group chief nurse, Caroline Alexander, director of nursing for The Royal London Hospital, Lucie Butler, as well as other representatives from Barts Health and the Cavell Nurses Trust.
To remember Edith Cavell, both Caroline and Lucie shared some personal words about what her lasting legacy means to them and the nursing profession.
Caroline Alexander, group chief nurse said:
"Edith Cavell is an incredible role model to all nurses and our society. This ceremony and her memory matters as much to me today, as group chief nurse at Barts Health and the nurses here with me, as it would have for Miss Mary Beatrice Monk and the nurses of The London Hospital at the time of the unveiling."
Lucie Butler, director of nursing for The Royal London Hospital added:
"As the director of nursing for The Royal London Hospital I have many nurses, midwives and support workers who have much to be proud of. Our roles as nurses advocating for our patients and the public has never been more important as we look to the future of the profession."
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