Last night, we attended the Florence Nightingale Foundation annual Commemoration Service, to commemorate the life and work of Florence Nightingale. It was a great evening and we were particularly excited to see our joint scholar, Jenny Tarver, taking part in the Ceremony of the Lamp, which is symbolic of Florence Nightingale herself.
This year the lamp was carried by Florence Nightingale Scholar David Wright and, on arrival before the altar, the lamp was handed to Florence Nightingale Scholars Joanne McPeake and Jenny Tarver.
Chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, Professor Liz Robb said: “It is really important that we commemorate Florence Nightingale, and the lamp is an integral part of the ceremony. It represents the transmission of knowledge from one nurse to another, and highlights the diversity of care given by nurses for the benefit of humanity. We are delighted that Jenny was involved in the service, and would like to thank NHS Professionals and all our sponsors for their generosity and continued support.”
Jenny Tarver said: “The scholarship has really opened up some great opportunities to me and I feel incredibly honoured to have been invited to take part in this year’s ceremony; I would like to thank NHS Professionals, and the Florence Nightingale Foundation for providing me with this opportunity.”