Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Broadcaster Loyd Grossman has been appointed a patron of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, as the charity prepares for a major fundraising push.
The trust hopes to raise £3m in the next 20 months to double the number of people it can support in time for the centenary of the death of the courageous Norfolk heroine.
The charity supports nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who have fallen on hard times and need financial, emotional and social support.
Mr Grossman, who is an OBE and well known for presenting Masterchef and Through the Keyhole, said: “Edith Cavell was an important figure in the war whose humanity and compassion for the injured and sick on both sides of the conflict, shone through a very dark time in history and these qualities still have the power to inspire us today.
“As patron of the trust, I hope to highlight the immensely valuable work it does in supporting members of the nursing profession and also in keeping Edith Cavell’s vision at the forefront of their work.”
Next year marks the centenary of the death of Edith Cavell, who helped hundreds of Allied soldiers escape Belgium in the First World War, and was subsequently court-martialled, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death.
Despite international pressure for mercy, she was executed by a firing squad. The charity was set up in 1917 in the wake of massive public support.
As part of the centenary event, a project is also under way to unite the descendants of the ‘Cavell 200’ and to raise funds for the charity. It has been launched by nurse Robert Tunmore, who is the second cousin, once removed, of Sgt Jesse Tunmore, of the 1st Norfolks, who was helped to cross the border into Holland by Edith Cavell in August 1914 after he was captured by the Germans.
Kate Tompkins, Cavell Nurses’ Trust chief executive said Mr Grossman’s appointment was a boost to the charity.
“We are delighted Loyd has agreed to be a patron of the trust, especially given our historical foundations with Edith Cavell and the growing awareness of the sacrifice she made during the Great War,” she said.
“Loyd’s vast cultural and heritage experience will help us build on her legacy and make it even more relevant to those working in today’s nursing profession.”
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