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'Google Doodle' dedicated to renowned war nurse Edith Cavell

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Inspirational First World War nurse Edith Cavell has today been commemorated by Google.

The firm has used Edith’s image on its search engine home page for its latest “Google Doodle” to mark what would have been her 153rd birthday.

“She remains an inspiration to many and we’re proud and privileged to maintain Edith Cavell’s legacy”

John Orchard 

John Orchard, chief executive of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, a charity founded in her memory, said the team was “delighted” to see Edith celebrated on an international platform.

The British nurse is renowned for treating all casualties of war regardless of their nationality.

She was executed in 1915 on a charge of treason for helping allied troops escape German-occupied Belgium.

Two years after her death, a fund was set up in Edith’s name to support struggling nurses, which would later become known as the Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

Today, the charity continues to help UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, who find themselves in personal or financial adversity.

Mr Orchard said: “She remains an inspiration to many and we’re proud and privileged to maintain Edith Cavell’s legacy in the work we do supporting nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who are suffering hardship, often because of illness, disability, older age or domestic abuse.

“We are delighted that Google have chosen to celebrate nurse Edith Cavell internationally on her birthday today,” he added.

Edith, born in 1865 in a village near Norwich, was inspired to become a nurse when she was 30 years old after caring for her seriously ill father.

She trained as a nurse in 1907 and worked in hospitals in Shoreditch, Kings Cross and Manchester before she was called to lead a new nursing school in Belgium.

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