Please note details of the Chapel Service which took place on Tuesday 12th May at St Thomas’ hospital below.

Chapel Service at St Thomas’ Hospital

0930hrs Tuesday 12th May

The Archbishop of Canterbury with Rev. Mia Hilborn (Head of chaplaincy at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust)  today blessed the new Nightingale Fellowship Altar cloth, Lectern wrap and Chaplain stole, as well as the artwork from Lea, giving thanks for all the staff who work in the NHS and remembering those who have died during the pandemic. This included contributions from hospital nurses and the current President of the Fellowship – Mrs Gillian Prager
(Please see Order of Service below)

Press Release from

The Nightingale Fellowship 12th May, 2020

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby blessed a new commemorative Florence Nightingale artwork at a special service celebrating her life.  The artwork was donated to The Florence Nightingale Fellowship and was blessed by the Archbishop at St Thomas’ Hospital Chapel on International Nurses’ Day (Tuesday 12 May), the anniversary of her birth.  This year is the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and the World Health Organisation has declared it ‘The International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife’ in her honour.  The artwork, a visual timeline of Florence Nightingale’s life, was created by the villagers of Dethick, Lea, Lea Bridge and Holloway in Derbyshire, where her family lived. The artwork is now displayed at St Thomas’ Hospital and cards and prints will be sold in support of the Florence Nightingale Museum, which is at risk of closure due to the impact of the covid-19 lockdown on their finances.
During the Chapel service the Archbishop also blessed the new Nightingale Fellowship Altar cloth, Lectern wrap and Chaplain’s stole and gave thanks to NHS staff and remembered those who have died during the pandemic. It also included contributions from nurses at St Thomas’ Hospital and the current President of the Fellowship, Gillian Prager.  The Nightingale Fellowship was due to welcome over 600 of The Nightingale Training School alumni to a special service and tea party at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. This is where in 1860 Florence Nightingale founded the first professional nursing school, and Nightingale nurses trained there until 1996. Nightingales across the world have been encouraged to have virtual tea parties to replace the planned gatherings and photographs will be available on the Fellowship website.  The Fellowship is also calling on nurses to help raise funds for the Florence Nightingale Museum by getting sponsorship for performing 200 nursing tasks – such as bed-making. To support the Florence Nightingale Museum visit
Gillian Prager, The Nightingale Fellowship President, said: “The 12th May holds a special place each year in the heart of every Nightingale Fellowship member, many of whom are still practising nurses and midwives. For many this will be whilst working at the front line against the world’s worst pandemic and we salute them all.  On the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth we are eager to show our support to the Florence Nightingale Museum, and solidarity with all NHS staff. We are proud of the response by nurses all over the world to COVID-19. Florence’s teaching and example shines through them all.”
The Fellowship commissioned Church Textiles, a Derby based company to design and create the Altar frontal, Lectern wrap and Chaplain’s stole, to celebrate the bicentenary and provide a lasting legacy of The Fellowship and its connection with St Thomas’.  The Nightingale Fellowship is the alumni association of those nurses who trained at the Nightingale Training School, at St Thomas’ Hospital London, and / or its successor organisations since 1860.

For further information, and photo images, please contact: The Nightingale Fellowship on [email protected] or Gillian Prager on 07788-724491


Artwork from the villages near Lea Hurst

The Fellowship is delighted to accept and honour the work undertaken by the villagers of Dethick, Lea, Lea Bridge and Holloway in Derbyshire, to celebrate their famous resident whose family home was Lea Hurst. A local retired nurse – Mary White – has brought the project together in record time and this was blessed and is displayed at St Thomas’ Hospital, with cards and prints being sold in support of The Florence Nightingale Museum and Lea Village School.


Nightingale 200 Challenge

The Fellowship will launch a challenge for all nurses to support the Florence Nightingale Museum. It is proposed that each nurse secure sponsorship for performing 200 nursing tasks – such as the hospital corner for bed making. Mary Hill (aged 91years) is shown doing this at home, wearing her Nightingale badge.

Virtual Tea Parties

Nightingales across the world have been encouraged to have virtual tea parties to replace the planned gatherings and these will be taking place across the internet with photographs on the Fellowship website in days to come.


For further information, and photo images, please contact:
The Nightingale Fellowship: [email protected]





2020 CALENDAR EVENTS overview


King’s College London Lecture Theatre – ‘The Kindness of Words’ by Chrissie Watson. Ticket event.  22nd January


The Florence Nightingale Museum – ‘So you want to be a Nightingale Nurse’ interacting exhibition involving the community and schools and uniforms to try on.
13th – 15th February
An International Conference on the History of Nursing to be held in Florence by the European Association of History and Nursing.


The Florence Nightingale Museum:  Florence’s London – A Walking Tour on 6th March – 22nd September 2020 10:30 – 13:00.  Tickets from £25.00
The Florence Nightingale Museum Exhibition: Nightingale in 200 objects – see further details below


Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.  Spotlight on ‘Reaching your potential at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’.


8th and 9th May
Bank Holiday weekend VE day celebrations
10th May
12th May – CHAPEL SERVICE – please see arrangements above
Westminster Abbey Service – rearranged to 4th November.  Entry by ticket only from The Nightingale Foundation:
14th May
Nursing Academy Awards Ceremony, St Thomas’ Hospital – POSTPONED
15th May
International Nurses Day – POSTPONED
16th May
CANCELLED – Nightingale Fellowship Chapel Service, AGM and Tea Party for members (ticketed event for Fellowship members only)
17th May
Service in St George’s Belfast
18th – 23rd May
Chelsea Flower Show – CANCELLED


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.  Spotlight on ‘Celebrating Nursing and Midwifery Research’.


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust. ‘Infection Control Conference’.


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.  Spotlight on ‘Nursing – New Nightingale Challenge’.


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.  Spotlight on ‘Community Nursing’.
John Baines Florence Nightingale Fellowship Tour to China.


7th – 10th October
Trip to Florence – further details below
26th – 28th October
International Nurses’ Conference – Nightingale 2020: Transforming Nursing in Global Health and care
27th October
Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Jon Baines Florence Nightingale Tour to Florence.


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.  To be confirmed


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.  Spotlight on ‘Legacy’.


Call for 1980s Nurses’ Dresses

We are looking for Nurses’ dresses from the 1980s of a sister, staff or charge nurse, plus hats.   These items would be on a short-term loan basis to be used at the Westminster Abbey Service on 12th May 2020 as part of the Bi-centenary celebrations.  Would you kindly let us know if you can help please – we would be most grateful and look forward to hearing from you! Please get in touch with Gillian Prager at [email protected]

Tea Parties

Party Invitation to celebrate the 200th Birthday of Florence Nightingale on or around May 2020

To: All Nightingales & Nurses who trained at the former St Thomas’ group of hospitals

You are warmly invited to celebrate Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday

When – sometime around May 12th or anytime during 2020 to suit you
Where – in your area; you will read of major events taking place all over the world – and you can be part of it all
How – do I host or find out about a party in my area? Contact: [email protected] or 07779 347 969

If you would be kind enough to start the ball rolling and arrange a Tea party – thanks to the new Data Protection Law, you don’t have to do very much! We cannot pass your fellow Nightingales’ addresses directly on to you, so we will do all the initial work for you.

Please contact me and I will send you an Invitation template. You complete it and send it to Mia or Angela at the Fellowship’s office, indicating the postcodes nearby that you would like to be used – they will then print the Invitations and post them for you.

Only then do you take over by receiving the responses and setting up the get-together. You do not have to be the host yourself and I will guide you on this. You will not have to do all the work – you know what Nightingales are like, everyone will help!

  • We are really keen to welcome those who may not have been involved before.
  • We would love to create new networks for those who may be feeling lonely. This is an opportunity to encourage Fellowship membership, so that Nightingales can benefit from the educational funds to support further study and/or benevolent funds in times of need.
  • Please feel free to invite any local nurses to join in your celebration.

European lunch and or tea party in Switzerland

Susan Szymanski nee Chapman, 1969 Set, who lives in Lausanne on Lake Geneva, is happy to organise a lunch and or tea party to celebrate Florence’s Bicentenary.  Susan lives 50 minutes from Geneva Airport.  For more information please contact Susan at [email protected]


A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

16 – 23 February 2020
Eight days based in Jerusalem and Galilee

Please download the pilgrimage programme for further information.  To book your place, please download and fill out the pilgrimage booking form. Details where to send your booking can be found on the form.

Tour to China – Nursing in China

13-23 September 2020

Explore nursing and healthcare in China alongside a full cultural programme visiting China’s great sites on a 10-night tour.  Visit the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace.  The Terracotta Warriors, old markets and temples are also to be visited in Xi’an.  In Nanjing visit one of the greatest museums in China, and finish the tour enjoying the French Concession in shanghai.  There are also visits to the Nanjing Nightingale Nursing College, a hospital of Chinese Medicine, and a community clinic to learn about nursing in China.  Please contact Jon Baines Tours (London) for all further information on 0207 223 9485/5618 or for further and more detailed information please go to Jon Baines Tours link:

Tour to Florence – In the steps of Florence Nightingale

7-10 October 2020

Fly to Florence and explore this historic renaissance city on a three-night tour. Visit Villa Colombaia, and the possibility of viewing the interior and gardens. This was the birthplace of Florence Nightingale. There will be many walking tours whilst in Florence. Explore the Duomo containing some of the greatest masterpieces of Italian Art history, and enjoy a visit to La Specola, one of the oldest scientific museums in Europe, and the historic, ornate pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella. The tour also includes two dinners to enjoy the cuisine of Florence. Please contact Jon Baines Tours (London) for all further information on 0207 223 9485/5618 or for further and more detailed information please go to Jon Baines Tours link:



Why did you choose to become a Nightingale Nurse?

The Museum is calling for stories to display for their new ‘Family Corner’ from all Nightingale Nurses, which aims to answer visitors’ questions about how to begin a career in nursing and inspire others to consider this journey. If you think you can help with your story then please email or post your answers to: [email protected] or David Green, Museum Director, St Thomas’ Hospital, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW




Florence Nightingale in 200 Objects, Places and People

8th March 2020 – 7th March 2021

The 200th anniversary of her birth has prompted the museum to shine light on different aspects of her life in an exhibition of 200 objects.

The Museum is celebrating her life and legacy of the lesser known aspects of her life with this exciting new exhibition.  She is a well-known nurse, but she was also a female icon in her own lifetime, a healthcare pioneer, statistician and leader.

Our bicentenary tells the story of Florence Nightingale’s life and her legacy through 200 objects, people and places. We will discuss the people who have been inspired by Florence, the places she worked or the places that were named in her honour, and the objects which capture interesting stories about her or the people she inspired.

On display is a family album featuring unseen drawings of Florence to go on public display for the first time at a show hoping to shine new light on a figure whose name is world famous.  The album which was started by Nightingale’s aunt, Ann Elizabeth Nicholson, has been passed down through family generations before becoming buried in papers. Also on display for the first time is a gold watch, given to Nightingale by her father, which she wore throughout her service in the Crimean war. She gave it away because she was largely bed-ridden in later years.

As well as discovering numerous objects and people that influenced Nightingale’s career you can see the original lamp she carried in the Crimean War, her (much used!) writing case and her copy of Oliver Twist (Dickens was a friend).  Go along to discover more about one of Britain’s greatest female trailblazers!

Craft a Victorian Card for Florence Nightingale’s Birthday over Easter Monday 6th April – Friday 10th April and Monday 13th April – Friday 17th April

This year is Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary so come and join us as we prepare for her 200th birthday! You can make her a Victorian-style birthday card, then pop it into our post box and we’ll make sure she gets it on her Big Day in May. When you post her card in our special letter box we’ll give you a small chocolate Easter treat. We’ll provide everything you need to make the card. But don’t tell Florence as we’re planning a surprise party for her! She’ll be here at 11am and 12.30pm to tell you the story of her life, including how she become a nurse against her parents’ wishes.

Mondays to Fridays only
Florence performance daily at: 11:00am and 12:30pm (30-40min in duration)
Florence Birthday Card Crafting at: 2-4pm (last seating 3:30pm)

The Florence Nightingale Museum, St Thomas’ Hospital, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW.




Awards 2019


International Nurses’ Conference

Florence Nightingale Foundation: Nightingale 2020 – Transforming nursing in global health and care. In commemoration of the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the conference will discuss how nursing can transform global health and care in the future. Monday 26 October – Wednesday 28 October 2020 ExCel London. If you wish to submit a paper for consideration please contact Professor Norman at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, King’s College, London, 57 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8WA or email: [email protected]


July 1980 Set Reunion

We are arranging a reunion to celebrate our 40th anniversary.
We will meet at St. Thomas’ Hospital in the Governors Hall on Sunday 28th June 2020 from 2pm to 4pm.
Please RSVP to Nan Nobes (nee Hicks) on 07944095872 or [email protected]  Please pass on this information to any fellow set members you know as it would be lovely to get as many of us together as possible.

January 1967 Set Reunion

We are holding a Set Reunion for the January 1967 Set on 12th May 2020 at the Army & Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JN with a BUFFET LUNCH and we hope you will be able to join us.  For further details please contact Rosey Mitchell (nee Townsend). 01646 622113/07973 309414 [email protected] or Sylvia Short (nee Quayle) 07802 677464 [email protected]

August 1965 Set Reunion

We are planning to meet on 16th May 2020 from 10.30am to 1.30pm for a Buffet Lunch at The Sicily Restaurant, 2A Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9RB (opposite Victoria Coach Station). We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.  For further details please contact Chris Wilson (nee Fenemore-Jones) at: