RCN centenary

Barbara Windsor among celebrities to congratulate RCN on 100th birthday

Messages of heart-felt congratulations have poured in to the RCN from a range of high-profile people, including Barbara Windsor, to congratulate the college on reaching its 100-year anniversary

Actors Barbara Windsor and Maureen Lipman alongside health secretary Jeremy Hunt and MP Peter Tatchell are among the well-known names who have congratulated the RCN on its 100th birthday.

Barbara Windsor

Sunday March 27 was the landmark day, a century after the RCN was founded by Dame Sarah Swift, matron in chief of the British Red Cross, with the support of MP Sir Arthur Stanley and matrons for leading hospitals.

Ms Windsor said: ‘Carry on nurses and congratulations on your 100th anniversary - thank you for all you do.’

Actor Jane Asher said: ‘Where would we be without you? Thank you for all your wonderful work and dedication.’

Mr Tatchell tweeted: ‘Congratulations Royal College of Nursing on your 100th anniversary. A century of compassion and public service.’

In a video message celebrity chef Ainsley Harriot said: ‘Keep the good work going, you’re brilliant.’

RCN general secretary Janet Davies said: ‘Reaching our centenary is exciting and offers an opportunity to look back on how far the nursing profession has come. I know I’m biased but nursing is one of the most important professions in the world and this is our opportunity to celebrate each and every member of the nursing workforce - past and present.’

To mark the RCN’s 100th birthday, president Celia Anim visited Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead. The RCN is also compiling a list of the 100 books that most inspired members in their nursing career.

A centenary conference in London in November will celebrate 100 years of nursing. 

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