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Wreaths laid at statue commemorating executed WWI nurse

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Wreaths have been laid this week in London to remember the First World War nurse Edith Cavell who was executed after helping hundreds of soldiers escape captivity.

On Thursday, the Cavell Nurses’ Trust held its annual commemoration event in Trafalgar Square to mark the 102nd anniversary of the death of Ms Cavell.

“To this day, Edith Cavell remains an inspiration to many”

Simon Knighton

The charity, which supports nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants experiencing personal or financial hardship, is named in honour of Ms Cavell and can trace its roots back to funds raised after her death.

Ms Cavell was celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides in WW1, regardless of nationality, while working as a nurse in occupied Belgium.

However, because she also helped 200 Allied soldiers escape from the Germans, she was arrested, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death on 12 October 1915.

The commemoration at Edith Cavell’s statue was attended by 70 guests including representatives from the Belgian embassy, the Royal London Hospital and the Royal British Legion.

Simon Knighton, chair of Cavell Nurses’ Trust said, “We are delighted to see so many people paying their respects to Edith Cavell and honouring her memory and Cavell Nurses’ Trust is proud to support UK nursing professionals in her name.

“To this day, Edith Cavell remains an inspiration to many,” he added.

The charity has recently seen a rise in calls for help from UK nurses – 32% up in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period last year.

It is on target to receive around 2,500 enquiries this year and is urging people to get involved and help support their work.

Cavell Nurses' Trust

Wreaths laid at statue commemorating executed WWI nurse

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Nurses Maggie Chikontwe and Trish Barton, from the Royal London Hospital, lay wreaths at the statue of Edith Cavell on 12 October 2017

Cavell Nurses' Trust

Wreaths laid at statue commemorating executed WWI nurse

Wreaths laid at the Edith Cavell statue on 12 October 2017

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