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June / July 2014

New ambassador appointed

Welcome to our new Ambassador, Joan Saddler OBE. Joan is Associate Director of Patients and Communities at the NHS Confederation. She was formerly National Director of Patient and Public Affairs based within the Patient and Public Engagement and Experience Division at the Department of Health. Joan was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to health and diversity.

Joan writes: "The nature of racism, prejudice and indifference has changed for the better in the UK. However, as a Black woman working in the public sector and having achieved a measure of career success, the case for recognising and celebrating remarkable achievements by other Black women is still necessary and affirming. Having faced barriers to succeed as a women and particularly as a Black woman, the achievements of Mary Seacole are extraordinary. Given the time and place within which Mary worked and successfully cared for all people, she did so in especially adverse conditions. Additionally her refusal to let the social stigma of her time affect her goals is also an aspect that should be remembered and preserved for future generations."

Photo courtesy of Paelo.

About our Ambassadors

21 July 2014

Unveiling of plaque in the gardens of St Thomas' hospital (2)

Our thanks to Nursing Standard for providing us with this great photo of our recent plaque ceremony. It was shot by Barney Newman and is featured this week on page 9 of their journal. Left to right: Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, High Commissioner for Jamaica; Sir Hugh Taylor, Chair of Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust; Professor Elizabeth Anionwu, Vice-Chair & Lord Clive Soley, Chair of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal and actor & MSMSA Ambassador Suzanne Parker, who unveiled the plaque on 9th July 2014 at St Thomas'

Our Ambassador, actress Suzanne Packer, unveiled the plaque marking the site

21 July 2014

Unveiling of plaque in the gardens of St Thomas' hospital (1)

Wednesday 9th July 2014 witnessed a landmark event in the long journey of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal! Our Ambassador, actress Suzanne Packer, unveiled the plaque marking the site where the statue WILL be erected in the summer of 2015, in the gardens of St Thomas' hospital. The sun shone down on over 100 people who attended this wonderful ceremony.

Our Ambassador, actress Suzanne Packer, unveiled the plaque marking the site

11 July 2014

An Evening with Malorie Blackman OBE, writer and Children's Laureate

£800 was raised from the Evening with Malorie Blackman on 29th May at Clapham Library

Our sincere thanks to Malorie, Clapham Library and all the audience who supported this event on 29th May 2014.

06 June 2014

Thank you to the Womens Committee of the Wolverhampton Unison branch

We would also like to give a big thank you to the Womens Committee of the Wolverhampton Unison branch for their generous donation of £400 from a fundraising event

06 June 2014

NHS Confederation dinner in Liverpool

Many thanks to our Ambassador Lisa Rodrigues, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust & Senior Independent Director of the NHS Confederation.

Lisa raised £830 from delegates at the NHS Confederation dinner in Liverpool on the 5th June 2014 and an additional £100 was donated online bringing the total so far to £930!

06 June 2014

Thanks also to you...

Our thanks also to the increasing numbers of people who are donating to the Appeal online via: https://www.justgiving.com/maryseacolememorial/donate/ and leaving wonderful messages.

About the Appeal

06 June 2014