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Derby nurses to pay tribute to Florence Nightingale at annual service

Published 08/05/2018

NHS staff from across Derbyshire are once again set to turn out in their hundreds this weekend to commemorate the life and legacy of Florence Nightingale. 

The annual celebration of the founder of modern nursing will this year be held at St Peter’s Church in the city centre, on Saturday, 12 May, which is both Florence Nightingale’s birthday and International Nurses Day.

It is particularly appropriate for the event to be held in Derbyshire, as Florence Nightingale was brought up in Lea Hurst and Holloway and maintained close connections with the area for her entire life. She also advised on the designs of the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.  

Members of the public are invited to attend the free commemorative service, which will begin at 11am. Anyone looking to attend should arrive in time to take their seats by 10.45am.  

Before the service, Derby Teaching Hospitals Chief Nurse Cathy Winfield and Burton Hospitals Interim Chief Nurse Jim Murray will lead a short procession of nurses into the church. 

Derbyshire Lord Lieutenant Willie Tucker and Derbyshire High Sheriff Lucy Palmer are both set to attend the event, while the address will be given by the Bishop of Derby, the Right Revd Dr Alastair Redfern.  

The service has previously been held at Derby Cathedral and Christ Church, in Holloway. 

Last Modified 08/05/2018