Mental health nurse leaders invited to Westminster Abbey

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Published on: 16th May 2019

As part of celebrations for International Nurses’ Day, two nurses from the local mental health and learning disabilities trust visited Westminster Abbey in London yesterday, Wednesday, 15 May.

Anne-Maria Newham MBE, Deputy Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) and Deputy Director of Nursing, Zoë Rowe were invited to a service to commemorate the life of Florence Nightingale at Westminster Abbey.

The service was conducted by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster and also marked the centenary of the funeral of Edith Cavell.

Edith Cavell is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides during the First World War.

The nurse leaders were amongst a packed audience of dignitaries, Chelsea Pensioners, university academics, Armed Forces representatives and students from across the country.

Anne-Maria Newham, MBE said:

“It was a privilege to be invited to such a prestigious event and I was proud to represent LPFT and Lincolnshire nurses.

“Zoë and I were honoured to attend such a poignant service in which the life of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing was celebrated and remembered.”

The service is held annually, close to 12 May to commemorate Florence Nightingale’s birthday, which is now International Nurses’ Day.

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