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Florence Nightingale’s grave restored for Nurses’ Day

The grave of Florence Nightingale has been repaired by in time for this year’s Nurses’ Day after being seriously damaged earlier this year.

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Florence Nightingale’s grave following full restoration

The memorial to the founder of modern nursing is located in the churchyard of St Margaret’s Church in East Wellow, Hampshire.

The 3m-high marble memorial was badly damaged by a falling tree in a storm on 14 February – St Valentine’s Day.

A tree uprooted by strong wind smashed the top metre of the memorial and broke a cross, dislodging the body of the memorial from its plinth.

It has been completely repaired and restored by specialist insurance company Ecclesiastical.

Stonemasons were able to locate all the fragments and painstakingly piece them back together, restoring the monument to its original state.

Clare Pardy, fine art and heritage development director at Ecclesiastical, said: “While seeing the damage done to Florence Nightingale’s tomb was truly heart-breaking, it was a real privilege for our team to be able to rebuild the memorial.”

Hundreds of visitors come to see the grave each year, including school trips and other organised groups, said representatives from the church, which also features an exhibition dedicated to Ms Nightingale.

They said they were “very pleased” that the memorial had been restored in time for their annual Florence Nightingale service and lunch.

Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, added: “It is wonderful news that Florence Nightingale’s grave has been restored.”

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Florence Nightingale’s grave suffered storm damage in February

Readers' comments (2)

  • Good. Well done folks. We should remember, with pride, the way Florence changed the face of nursing. She ensured that women were highly trained, smart, caring and responsible nurses-mainly because of the Crimean War, where more dies of infection and disease than from their injuries. She was not very populat with the Armed Forces, as medics were ALL male and women were not allowed at the front, but through her contacts in Parliament and with the Queen, she got supplies, operating tables and dressings shipped out, thus saving thousands of lives. Back home, previously, care in the community had been offered, at a price, by untrained local women, who had earned themselves a bad reputation for a liking to the drink and "back-alley" type practices. With Queen Vicotria's help, The Queens Nurses were formed-well trained and respected district nurses. This was especially beneficial to the poorer classes who could not afford to go into hospital and, again, was a great life-saver. In her later years, though house-bound, she still ruled the Queen's Nurses with authority and adviced on many hospital plans, recommending well-ventilated, clean wards and practices. With owe much to her foresightedness, as we do to many Christian philanthropists of the day

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  • well done and congratulations! It is the least that can be done in honour of this great Lady.

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