Florence Nightingale White Rose Appeal

Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter

On 12th May 2020 nurses and midwives across the world celebrated the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. To mark this special occasion we are delighted to launch the Florence Nightingale White Rose Appeal. We want you to help us support nurses and midwives by buying a special e-white rose for £5 in honour of a nurse or midwife who has meant a lot to you or a loved one.


The e-white rose you buy today will transform into part of an actual floral display at Westminster Abbey when we have the opportunity to come together again and give thanks and celebrate Florence’s bicentenary and the contribution of nurses and midwives everywhere. The Florence Nightingale Foundation has held a commemoration service for Florence Nightingale at Westminster Abbey on, or near her birthday since 1965.

We look forward to the day when we can do this again and make the next commemoration service all the more special by including your support in such a special way. Your rose will symbolise your appreciation for nursing and midwifery and hope for all of us. Your £5 will support nurses and midwives when they need it most. Money raised from the donations of the roses will allow us to continue our vital work developing nurses and midwives. It will also allow us to continue to provide emotional wellbeing support during the Covid-19 outbreak and beyond.

Visit our Virgin Money Giving Page to dedicate your rose to a special nurse or midwife or all nurses and midwives battling this disease on the frontline now.

“This campaign provides a chance for anyone and everyone to thank a particular nurse or midwife who has meant a lot to them. Today marks the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale and this is a way to honour and celebrate her and her legacy that the Foundation has kept alive. Your donation will allow the Foundation to provide vital support to nurses on the frontline during the pandemic and beyond. Why me? I have a personal connection to Florence Nightingale. My great, great grandmother, Joanna, was Florence’s aunt. My great, great uncle, Walter Bonham Carter helped to establish the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 1934. Joanna’s daughter, Hilary Bonham Carter, was arguably her best friend and assistant after the Crimea. I love the idea of continuing to assist the great woman over the centuries. It puts a new slant on Best Friends Forever!” “My late father was nursed at home for 24 years by hundreds of different nurses. I’m indebted to everyone of them. That is why I’m buying shedloads of roses!”

Helena Bonham Carter

Appeal Ambassador