Mary Seacole nursed the sick and wounded on the front line in the Crimea she did not ask for, or expect any reward. She did it for the British troops, who she loved and admired. They responded in equal generosity to the person they called "Mother Seacole".
Mary Seacole was not a person to duck a challenge. She broke the race barrier to win the hearts and minds of the British people. She is a wonderful example of an individual who was determined to make a difference. She did so with the force of her personality and her untiring entrepreneurial spirit. This is why she remains such a powerful role model in today's vibrant and diverse society.
The Mary Seacole Appeal is looking to cement Mary's place in Nursing history with a statute to celebrate this remarkable woman's life.
To realise this wonderful opportunity, to celebrate their past and inspire future generations, they need your help. They need to raise £500,000.
With already £150,000 received in donations and planning permission obtained from Lambeth Council we now need to secure the remaining £350,000 to create the memorial. The charitable arm of Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd has committed its support for construction. The Guys and St.Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have donated the site for the memorial, which is within the grounds of St Thomas' Hospital. They already have the support of many, including the Jamaican High Commission, The Mayor of London, The Royal College of Nursing, UNISON and a number of army units.
Ways you can help support the appeal:
More information about the appeal can be found here
Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal - Registered charity: 1103862