9th July 2020

National Care Association Chair Nadra Ahmed OBE DL backs RBLI's Florence Nightingale campaign

The head of the National Care Association has backed RBLI’s Florence Nightingale campaign recognising nurses and carers for their work on the frontlines of the Covid-19 crisis.

Nadra Ahmed OBE DL has backed the campaign, set up by Royal British Legion Industries, which sees glass awards depicting Florence Nightingale wearing a rainbow face mask available for the public. The striking artwork was designed by visual artist Martin Barraud – the mastermind behind RBLI’s iconic Tommy figure.

Nadra Ahmed OBE DL, Chair of the National Care Association, said: “This has been one of the most challenging times in our history. We have watched our care staff go through this pandemic at a pace of learning and support that is simply unprecedented. And at no point have they let down those they support.

“The brave men and women working in health and social care across our country will have suffered in ways we can’t imagine – seeing the people they love and care for die before their time, and without their families near them. They will have also been frightened for themselves, but never let it show. In so many cases, carers have been the only people who have been there to brighten the lives of the lonely.

“If we look back and see what Florence Nightingale is remembered for – what she achieved during a time of war – she represents the unique strength of character that’s needed to overcome challenges and improve the wellbeing of those who need it most

“Over recent months, our social care workers have fought a war of their own. And those who fight wars deserve to be recognised.

“RBLI’s Thank You campaign, and its Florence Nightingale award, is a truly fitting tribute to those who have battled on the front lines of Covid-19 in support of others.”