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Mary Seacole statue set to be finally unveiled in June

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The long-awaited statue of nursing pioneer Mary Seacole is to be unveiled at a special ceremony in London at the end of next month.

The unveiling ceremony will take place on 30 June in the garden of St Thomas’ Hospital, located at the front of the hospital when approaching from Westminster Bridge Road.

The ceremony will mark the culmination of efforts by the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal, which has been overseeing fundraising for the bronze statue for a number of years.

It was confirmed in November that the memorial statue would finally go-ahead, when the government said it would stump up the remainder of the money needed to complete the project.

Chancellor George Osborne said in the comprehensive spending review that the outstanding funds for the statue would be met from banking fines worth £240,000.

The 15-foot plus bronze statue of Mary Seacole, designed by sculptor Martin Jennings, will sit in the grounds of St Thomas’ hospital, opposite parliament.

Mary Seacole was a contemporary of Florence Nightingale, though her work has often been overshadowed by the latter.

She went to the battlefields of the Crimea in 1855, where she set up the British Hotel close to the war zone.

From here she provided soldiers with food and nursing care, and was also known for riding to the frontline to treat the sick and wounded of both sides on the battlefields.

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