A plaque commemorating healthcare workers who have put themselves at risk to care for people caught up in conflict and natural disasters was unveiled by Sir Hugh Taylor, Chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, on Friday 8th December.
The plaque reads:
“This plaque is to honour those healthcare workers who have dedicated themselves to aiding others in times of war, conflict and catastrophe throughout history.”
The unveiling ceremony took place at St Thomas’ Hospital, where guests were welcomed by Trevor Sterling, Chair of the Mary Seacole Trust, and by Sir Hugh Taylor. Colonel Marie Richter, Commanding Officer 256 Field Hospital, spoke in praise of the selflessness and courage of healthcare professionals in difficult and dangerous situations. Deputy High Commissioner for Jamaica Mrs Angella Rose-Howell’s address celebrated Mary’s grounding in nursing in Jamaica.
Sir Hugh performed the unveiling ceremony on a bright but chilly afternoon in the hospital’s Millennium Gardens.
The Reverend Mia Hilborn, Head of Spiritual Health Care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, blessed and dedicated the plaque. The dedication was followed by a one-minute silence during which guests reflected on the sacrifices healthcare workers have made and continue to make.
Wreaths were laid by representatives of the Chelsea Pensioners and Dawn Hill, Trustee and President of the Mary Seacole Trust. A guard of honour was formed by the 256 (City of London) Field Hospital and the Army Cadet Force of Greater London.
The beautiful plaque was created by Chichester Stoneworks Ltd.
We would urge members of the public to visit the plaque, created by Chichester Stoneworks Ltd, which is located in the Millennium Gardens at St Thomas’ Hospital.