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7 May

OV discusses Florence Nightingale on BBC Radio

Helen Harding OV dressed as nurseIt was wonderful to listen to OV historian and reenactor Helen Harding (Ch 94-01) on the BBC Hereford and Worcester breakfast programme on Sunday 3rd May.

Helen chatted to presenter, Kate Justice, about the inspirational nurse as it will be the 200th Anniversary of Florence’s birth on 12th May. This is especially poignant given that the recent Coronavirus hospitals in London and Birmingham have both been named after Florence Nightingale.

Helen says, “I was asked by the radio to speak about Florence Nightingale as a follow on to a video I recently produced.

I played one of the Nightingale nurses and portrayed it as an information film using the same principles taught during the Crimea that are relevant today in helping fight the virus. From new ideas of hand-washing then to keeping all areas of your home clean and ventilated, it can help stop spread infection. The other link is the social aspect where she encouraged convalescing soldiers to read or write letters home, as well as talk and play games as this relieved the boredom and isolation they felt, similar to us using the #BritainGetTalking campaign.

She is an inspiration of mine, especially being from a family of wealth, she didn’t have to do what she did yet she put her foot down and did it anyway. It’s always an honour when I’m asked to portray her, or one of the nurses who supported her.”

Helen also shares Florence’s birthday on 12th May so we wish Helen a very Happy Birthday for next week!