Letter written by a bedridden Florence Nightingale found 122 years later during a house cleanup

A remarkable letter written by a bedridden Florence Nightingale explaining her vision of community nursing was found 122 years later during a house cleanup.

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It was written by the nursing heroine in 1897 and was her polite refusal to invite me to an event she couldn't attend because she was sick.

In it she talks about training district nurses to enter the community and care for both sick children and the elderly at the end of their lives.

The four-page & # 39; s handwritten letter addressed to a & # 39; Mr. Hollingsworth & # 39 ;, fell from a photo album during a house cleanup on a deceased estate in Chickerell, near Dorchester, Dorset.

Bev Peck from the Weldmar retail team with auctioneer Tim Medhurst with the remarkable letter from Florence Nightingale

Bev Peck from the Weldmar retail team with auctioneer Tim Medhurst with the remarkable letter from Florence Nightingale

The letter was written by the nursing heroine in 1897 and was her polite refusal to invite me to an event she couldn't attend because she was sick

The letter was written by the nursing heroine in 1897 and was her polite refusal to invite me to an event she couldn't attend because she was sick

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The letter was written by the nursing heroine in 1897 and was her polite refusal to invite me to an event she couldn't attend because she was sick

It was picked up and read by bewildered Bev Peck, the charity's regional manager Weldmar Hospice had left items from the estate.

In the letter the & # 39; Lady with the lamp wrote & # 39 ;: & # 39; I always feel that we are still on the threshold of training.

Tot Until every poor mother knows how to feed, wash and dress her baby, until private nurses have an organization, a principle and a good idea of ​​their calling, until every poor sick person has a trained district nurse, it cannot be said that exceeded the threshold. & # 39;

By the time Nightingale, who became known during the Crimean War in the late 1850s, wrote the letter, she was in the late 1970s and struggled with her health.

But although she had been bedridden for two years, she was determined to continue her campaigns.

The letter has been verified by BBC TV auction expert Timothy Medhurst, who has estimated this value to be £ 1,000.

The letter shown was picked up and read by bewildered Bev Peck, the regional manager of the charity Weldmar Hospice had left items from the estate.
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The letter shown was picked up and read by bewildered Bev Peck, the regional manager of the charity Weldmar Hospice had left items from the estate.

The letter shown was picked up and read by bewildered Bev Peck, the regional manager of the charity Weldmar Hospice had left items from the estate.

Florence Nightingale is known as the founder of modern nursing and a very talented statistician and advocate of social reform

Florence Nightingale is known as the founder of modern nursing and a very talented statistician and advocate of social reform

Florence Nightingale is known as the founder of modern nursing and a very talented statistician and advocate of social reform

Weldmar Hospicecare, which provides end-of-life care in the province, has yet to decide whether the letter will be sold or displayed.

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Mrs. Peck said: & I was sorting out a box in a room and found the photo album.

& # 39; I flipped through it and this letter fell out and I saw the name of Florence Nightingale.

& # 39; I get goosebumps when I talk about it. It is such a piece of history.

& # 39; The letter is a response to an invitation to an event and her letter explains that she would have liked to leave, but that is not possible, because she is not doing well.

& # 39; She is also very concerned about health care and wants to introduce nurses to the neighborhood so that children can be well cared for and trained in the community and look after the sick.

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& # 39; Nightingale is perhaps best known for its work during the war, but I would say that the idea of ​​the NHS probably started with her because of her efforts to nurse and care for everyone in society. & # 39;

Medhurst, who plays the leading role in the BBC's Antiques Road Trip, said: “She says in her letter that she has been unwell for two years, yet she talks about going out and taking care of other people and their illness.

& # 39; It's about the beginning of caring for life, in clothing and feeding children, but also about caring for the end of life, that's what Weldmar is all about.

& # 39; When it comes to value, with historical letters and signatures of famous people, it comes down to the content and why they were written – if she had called front line soldiers, it would be a high price.

& # 39; A lot has been written by Florence Nightingale in this letter, so I could imagine it could yield up to £ 1,000. Well done Bev for finding it. & # 39;

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Nightingale was one of 38 volunteer nurses from Great Britain who went to medical stations in Turkey during the Crimean War to help.

She became the face of the effort after a newspaper told her & # 39; the lady with the lamp & # 39; called.

When they arrived, they discovered that many of the soldiers died, not because of their wounds, but because of diseases such as typhus and cholera, which prevailed in the army hospitals.

She fought to improve conditions with better sanitation, food and more supplies, reducing the mortality rate.

Nightingale kept meticulous notes about the number of deaths and their causes, and when she returned to Britain, she campaigned to improve conditions for the army and then more generally in hospitals.

She used the collected data to lobby the government for reforms. The Royal Army Health Commission was established and the testimony and statistical analysis of Nightingale was published with the findings of the committee in 1858.

Nightingale died 90 years old in 1910.

WHO WAS FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE?

Florence Nightingale (photo circa 1856) is known as the founder of modern nursing and a very talented statistician and advocate of social reform

Florence Nightingale (photo circa 1856) is known as the founder of modern nursing and a very talented statistician and advocate of social reform

Florence Nightingale (photo circa 1856) is known as the founder of modern nursing and a very talented statistician and advocate of social reform

Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 in the Italian city of Florence and moved with her family to the East Midlands in 1821 as a baby.

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The Nightingale family was rich and well-connected, and the father William Shore of Florence had inherited the Lea estate (and thus the right to change his last name) from his uncle, Peter Nightingale.

Her mother, Frances & # 39; Fanny & # 39; Smith, was the sister of Benjamin Leigh Smith, an outspoken critic of the slave trade.

Benjamin had a son of the same name who became a famous Arctic explorer aboard the Eira.

On their return to England, the Lea Hurst family built a 15-bedroom family home in Derbyshire, where they lived until 1825.

Lea Hurst, based in Holloway, Matlock, remained the summer home of the family and Nightingale consistently returned throughout her life.

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Florence Nightingale played a key role in the 1860s in advising on the redesign and management of the largest hospital in the area, the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, which opened in 1869 with a wing named her in honor of her.

The hospital remained the primary hospital in the city of Derby until the opening of the Royal Derby in 2010.

Her mother, Frances & # 39; Fanny & # 39; Smith, was the sister of Benjamin Leigh Smith, an outspoken critic of slavery

Her mother, Frances & # 39; Fanny & # 39; Smith, was the sister of Benjamin Leigh Smith, an outspoken critic of slavery

Her mother, Frances & # 39; Fanny & # 39; Smith, was the sister of Benjamin Leigh Smith, an outspoken critic of slavery

Demolition work began in 2010 on most of the building with plans to leave only the two iconic & # 39; pepepot & # 39; towers.

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A statue of Florence Nightingale survives the location of the hospital to this day after it was first unveiled in 1924, 14 years after its death at the age of 90.

She is known as the founder of modern nursing and a very talented statistician and advocate of social reforms.

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After taking care of soldiers during the Crimean War, she quickly gained a reputation for professional excellence and was known as the & # 39; lady with the lamp & # 39; because of her constant observations of the wounded and sick during the night.

She helped find the first secular nursing school in the world and her name is synonymous with nursing of the highest standard.

The Nightingale promise is now taken by new nurses and the Florence Nightingale medal and is the highest international distinction that a nurse can achieve.

International nursing day is celebrated around the world on her birthday.

Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 in the Italian city of Florence and moved with her family as a baby to the East Midlands in 1821

Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 in the Italian city of Florence and moved with her family as a baby to the East Midlands in 1821

Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 in the Italian city of Florence and moved with her family as a baby to the East Midlands in 1821

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