We celebrate International Nurses Day and Florence's birth

TODAY (May 12) is International Nurses Day, which has particular significance this year, because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. This special day is another opportunity for us to honour the nurses and health care workers who are working so tirelessly to beat this deadly virus. More than 200 health and care workers in Britain alone have paid the ultimate price in tackling this cruel disease. In addition to working in hospitals, nurses have many roles in communities and health care facilities; they provide personal care and manage treatment, work with families and communities, and play a central part in public health and controlling disease and infection. International Nurses Day was first marked in 1965, created by the International Council of Nurses to mark the hard work of nursing staff throughout the world. Since January 1974, the global celebration is traditionally held on May 12 - the date nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale was born. The public are being encouraged to turn on a light in their windows tomorrow evening, to recognise the efforts of nurses tackling the coronavirus - and also to celebrate what will be the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth THE day will be celebrated this year with a song composed by a singer/songwriter from the Staffordshire Moorlands. Seth Reuben, from Leek, has created as tribute to the work of nurses throughout the world in the frontline fighting against the coronavirus pandemic. With the support of fellow songwriter/composer Darren Alboni, 'A Rainbow of Love', sung by 11-year-old Jessica McDonald, from Liverpool, will be tribute to the efforts of nursing professionals in combating this deadly virus - many of whom have foresaken their lives in the battle. Seth said: "Being a songwriter I thought maybe a song of hope may help lift the spiritis and possibly raise some funds for the NHS workers and their families. "One day a few weeks ago this melody and lyrics arrived from I don't know where, then some chords."


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