Florence Nightingale Commemorative Service St Paul’s Cathedral

A stone in the Crypt of St.Paul’s Cathedral is the National symbolic memorial to Florence Nightingale. It was in this magnificent building on Tuesday 16 May that the Florence Nightingale Foundation and hundreds of nurses remembered her legacy.

The Master, Upper Warden, Honorary Clerk and ten Company members had an excellent view of the Dome altar. Rolls of Honour commemorating Commonwealth nurses who had died in conflict and others who had died during the Covid 19 Pandemic, were processed along the length of the nave by nurses from the Armed Services and Chief Nurses from the U.K. The Rolls were received at the Dome altar.

A lit Florence Nightingale lamp was also processed, the bearer being flanked by students from the University of Derby and some Florence Nightingale Foundation Scholars. This lamp was then passed to various nurses before being placed on the altar. Prayers included our re-dedication to the profession.

An occasion clearly enjoyed by many and one that gave an opportunity to reflect on what nursing means to us. The Florence Nightingale Foundation supports nurses in various ways to enhance the profession.