This beautiful photograph of Mary’s statue was taken by Dr Michael Farquhar, consultant in paediatric sleep medicine at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Mike sees the statue in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital every day on his way to and from work. He explains why it is important to him:
‘I think Mary’s story is a really important one, and I’m very proud that GSTT supported the commemoration of her. In particular, I think the very public acknowledgement that the NHS, and the wider UK, owes a huge debt to people like Mary who came to the UK as immigrants and gave everything they had to make life better for so many is a very relevant one today.
‘The fact that Mary keeps a watchful eye turned towards Parliament is a very important symbol of that. Since the statue has gone up, I’ve loved seeing families huddled around her, as parents tell their kids her story – she’s an important role model from our shared history.’
Have you visited Mary’s statue yet? Send us your photographs and tell us about your experience.
You can visit the statue at:
St Thomas’ Hospital
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH