The Countess of Wessex became a Royal Patron of the Nursing Memorial Appeal

On the day of HRH’s birthday (20th January) it has been announced that The Countess of Wessex has agreed to be Royal Patron of the Nursing Memorial Appeal. The Countess is also Colonel-in-Chief of Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. The Nursing Memorial Appeal was established in 2011 in effort to make sure that names of at least 1,500 nurses who lost their lives as a direct result of the two World Wars won’t be forgotten.

After Nursing Memorial Appeal website: “During the First and Second World Wars at least 1,500 nurses gave their lives in the service. Their sacrifice has never been properly recognised. While the troops they cared for valued them very highly, the nurses received very little political and public recognition for their wartime work. Many who survived returned traumatised and never spoke of their experiences. We’ve raised 70% of the funds we need to create a permanent memorial that lists the name of every nurse who died. But we need your help to complete the task and maintain it for years to come. It’s our intention to unveil a beautiful sculpture at the National Memorial Arboretum in June 2018”. If you would like to help, donate money or learn more, please visit this link.
photo via Nursing Memorial Appeal Facebook feed

The Nursing Memorial Appeal is a charity that was inspired by the memory of the VAD, voluntary unit of civilians providing nursing care for military personnel in the United Kingdom and various other countries in the British Empire. But the charity embraces all nurses who gave their lives in both World Wars. The Appeal aims to raise in excess of £150,000 for educational purposes and a permanent memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. £90,000 will enable to create and maintain the memorial. The rest will be used to provide a scholarship for nurses to study particular aspects of conflict and humanitarian aid  in nursing.

photo Corporal Jonathan Lee van Zyl/British Army, picture posted with permission

Also today, The Countess of Wessex has sent a message to the British Army Ice Maiden team who have become the first all-female group to cross Antarctica using muscle-power alone, this message came after Ice Maidens have sent their birthday wishes for HRH: “Happy Birthday Ma’am. I hope you’ve got a big enough cake, there are six very hungry #icemaidens after completing their crossing today!”, and completed their goal today! Huge congrats to you ladies!!
via Ice Maiden Twitter feed

The Countess: “Congratulations Ice Maidens! You have achieved your dream and performed an incredible feat of endurance physically and mentally, all while smashing the previous record! Never underestimate what you have done, not only during the expedition itself, but throughout all the many months of training and preparation that went into getting you ready. Thank you for looking after each other so well. You are an amazing and inspirational team of women.”

Her Royal Highness, who is the Ice Maiden Patron, met the team in training at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst to wish them luck. My post can be found here. Update, there is an issue with Ice Maiden’s website, something to do with security, so I have removed the link.

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