urses have been at this time praised for placing others earlier than themselves “even within the face of dying” as their contribution in the course of the pandemic was recognised.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and actress Helena Bonham Carter – a descendant of healthcare pioneer Florence Nightingale – have been amongst those that gave readings and honoured these on the frontline in the course of the particular service held tonight at at Westminster Abbey.
The service, which takes place yearly to mark Nightingale’s birthday on Might 12 – now often called Worldwide Nurses’ Day – was postponed final yr.
It comes simply hours after frontline NHS employees have been praised for his or her work in the course of the pandemic throughout a number of speeches on the 2021 Brit Awards.
Well being Secretary Matt Hancock and shadow well being secretary Jonathan Ashworth have been additionally among the many socially distanced congregation of 60 folks.
The occasion was additionally stay streamed.
Giving an handle, the Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Mullally mentioned: “Over the past yr nurses, midwives and well being guests the world over have been an indication of hope.
“You’ve rolled up your sleeves (effectively above the elbows except lined by PPE) and you’ve got given yourselves greater than both we otherwise you would have imagined, and we’re profoundly grateful.”
She mentioned nurses had given “dignity and care” in addition to “consolation and hope” to sufferers.
Dame Sarah, a former nurse, mentioned healthcare professionals have “taken on new roles, stepped up to think about others earlier than yourselves – even within the face of dying”.
She added: “We should not overlook what Covid has taught us, specifically your worth as nurses and midwives and likewise of society’s inequalities.
“Hope by no means domesticates, by no means settles down. It has the braveness to place issues proper.”
Earlier than giving a studying, Bonham Carter mentioned the nurses of at this time have confronted “the steepest studying curve of their careers” in the course of the pandemic.
This yr, it recognised the contribution and sacrifice of nurses and midwives for the reason that outbreak of Covid-19 within the UK.
A procession, led by Ruheana Begum – a Florence Nightingale scholar and matron at Man’s and St Thomas’ Basis – carrying a lamp, additionally came about.
The custom paid tribute to Nightingale’s work in Crimea when she carried out her evening rounds tending to wounded troopers whereas holding a lantern, incomes her the title The Girl with the Lamp.
The Dean of Westminster, Dr David Hoyle, performed the service.
He instructed the congregation: “We glance round us in gratitude for the hassle so many have made to carry us to a spot of larger security and but grieve for these in communities nonetheless devastated by sickness and grief.
“We pray within the midst of a pandemic, acknowledging each an effort made, and an effort forward.
“We try this as we honour the reminiscence of Florence Nightingale in whom compassion and care had the facility to ship not simply therapeutic, however change.”
She mentioned Dame Elizabeth has mentioned there’s a “large disparity between gratitude and respect for frontline employees”.
Lipa added: “It’s superb to clap for them, however we have to pay them.
“I feel what we must always do is we must always all give a large, large spherical of applause and provides Boris (Johnson) a message that all of us assist a good pay rise for our entrance line.”
Her speech was met with rapturous applause from the group, which contained 2,500 folks engaged on the entrance line of the pandemic within the Better London space.
Taylor Swift, who received Icon, mentioned of NHS heroes: “What we wanted much more was the assistance and assist that we obtained from the NHS and the important thing employees who’re right here tonight,” she mentioned.
“Thanks for the whole lot that you’ve completed for us.”