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Nurse, heroine, icon
Mary Seacole's courage and compassion as a nurse provided soldiers with food, nursing care and a morning dispensary during the 19th century Crimean war.
To capture the spirit of Mary, and remind the public of the importance of the nursing profession, a memorial statue is planned for the grounds of St. Thomas's hospital
25 November 2015 Update:
Seacole statue to be unveiled in the spring after Chancellor announces installation costs will be met from banking fines
Lord Clive Soley says he is `absolutely delighted’ that the Government has announced funding for installation of the Mary Seacole statue, meaning that Britain will finally get its first statue of a named black woman.
The announcement came as part of Chancellor George Osborne’s autumn statement and spending review. The Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal will receive £240,000 from banking fines `to facilitate a memorial statue to commemorate Mary Jane Seacole; nurse and heroine of the Crimean War’.
Responding to the announcement, Lord Soley, Chair of the Appeal, said: ` I am absolutely delighted with this news. It means that we can now complete the installation next spring.'
The full story can be read on our news pages here.
Mayoral Candidates Back the Appeal
Two leading candidates to be the next Mayor of London have given their backing to the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal. Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan have both pledged to become patron to the appeal if elected by Londoners in May 2016.
Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP, Labour candidate to be Mayor of London, said: “If I am elected Mayor of London I will be proud to be a Patron of this Appeal. Mary Seacole was an inspirational figure showing compassion combined with an entrepreneurial flair that enabled her to rise above adversity and care for British troops on the battlefields of the Crimea.”
Zac Goldsmith MP, Conservative candidate to be Mayor of London, attended the appeal’s recent meeting held at the House of Lords. Lord Clive Soley, chair of the appeal, confirmed that Zac has pledged his support. Lord Soley said: “We were delighted to welcome Zac Goldsmith MP to a recent fund raising event and he has confirmed that if elected Mayor of London in May 2016 he will continue the tradition of keeping the office as one of the Patrons of the Appeal.”
The election for London Mayor takes place on 5 May 2016. Current Mayor Boris Johnson is standing down and the full list of candidates standing can be found here.
We are pleased to announce our newest trustee, Colonel David Bates ARRC L/QARANC. David is Director, Army Nursing Services.
Thank you to Eleanor Smith
Many thanks to Eleanor Smith, theatre nurse, Unison activist & Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Ambassador for donating £10,000 to the Appeal!
Fundraising at the Nottingham Marathon
Wonderful news! Ikano Bank UK, sponsors of the Nottingham Robin Hood Marathon have chosen our Ambassador JoanPons Laplana as the winner of a £1,000 donation to his charity, the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal! This was due to his Seacole tweetathon during the 26 mile race. Well done Joan and thanks to you and Ikano Bank UK.
New video about the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal
A new seven minute video about the Appeal is now available to view on YouTube. The video features many of the appeal's supporters talking about why they are involved as well as music by Appeal Ambassador Courtney Pine.
London to Windsor Bike Ride
This August Bank Holiday weekend you are invited to participate in the “London to Windsor Cycle Challenge 2015”. The aim is to support the Mary Seacole Memorial Statute Appeal in raising funds for a public memorial of Mary Seacole. The cycling group is being organised by Trevor Sterling from Moore Blatch Solicitors. More details here and if you would be interested in taking part please contact Julia Bell at email@example.com or 0208 332 8639
Welcome on board to our newest Ambassador Leon Mann, BBC and ITV broadcaster and film-maker. (More details)