Westminster MPs have been raising a pint in praise of Edith Cavell, the WW1 nurse who saved the lives of 200 allied soldiers before being executed by a German firing squad in October 1915.
Wolf Brewery have supplied the famous Strangers Bar in the House of Commons with Edith Cavell Ale, allowing MPs to celebrate the life and legacy of the nurse who treated soldiers from both sides of the conflict in German-occupied Belgium.
“A great tribute to the life and legacy of the remarkable nurse that was Edith Cavell”
Susan Gostick, a trustee of charity named after Ms Cavell, sampled the beer with George Freeman, MP for Mid Norfolk, where Wolf Brewery are based.
She said: “We are delighted that the Edith Cavell ale is available in the Strangers Bar and with 5p from every pint being donated to Cavell Nurses’ Trust we hope to raise money to help support our work.”
The Cavell Nurses’ Trust gives welfare support to nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and students experiencing financial or personal hardship, often because of illness, domestic abuse, disability, working poverty and older age.
MPs able to raise a pint to WWI nursing hero Edith Cavell
George Freeman, MP for Mid Norfolk, said: “I am always delighted to celebrate the successes of small businesses from my constituency and it’s fantastic that a local brewery has been invited to supply the Strangers Bar here in the Palace of Westminster.
“[It’s] a great tribute to the life and legacy of the remarkable nurse that was Edith Cavell,” he added.
This year was the centenary of Ms Cavell’s death. It has been marked by a number of events and initiatives, including a commemorative coin.
Edith Cavell Ale is also available directly from Wolf Brewery, with 5p from every bottle sold going to the Cavell Nurses’ Trust.