Obi Amadi, Unite’s lead professional officer has been appointed as an ambassador to the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal.
Obi Amadi will assist with fundraising events to reach the £500,000 target needed for the statue of Mary Seacole (1805-81), the Jamaican/Scottish nurse whose pioneering work during the Crimean War was then overlooked in the UK for nearly 100 years after her death.
Obi Amadi said: “It is a great honour to have been asked by the appeal trustees to assist in raising the remaining money needed for the statute to honour Mary Seacole, who many regard as the greatest black Briton.
“There is no doubt that Mary Seacole paved the way, against very considerable odds, to show the contribution that those from minority ethnic groups have and continue to make to nursing in the UK.”
The appeal has raised more than £300,000 towards the statue which has planning permission to be erected in the grounds of London’s St Thomas’ Hospital.
Unite, the country’s largest trade union with 100,000 members in the health service, embraces the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association, and the Mental Health Nurses Association.
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.