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Fundraising Campaign Launched for Stained Glass Window at Former Hospital

A campaign has been launched to raise £15,000 to install a commemorative stained glass window in the former Worcester Royal Infirmary.

Stained glass window launchThe Worcester Royal Infirmary Nurses’ League is hoping to raise the money to put a specially-designed window in the Jenny Lind Chapel at the site, now owned by the University of Worcester.

The window will commemorate the nurses who worked at the Infirmary in Castle Street over the centuries, in particular members of the Nurses’ League, and has been welcomed by the University.

Professor David Green, University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, said: “This is a hugely important chapel in the history of Worcester and the University has been very keen to ensure its preservation. This stained glass window will be a welcome addition and a fitting tribute to all those who worked at the hospital.”

Nurses’ League President Muriel Ballinger added: “We felt that some permanent memorial should be created at the site as there is no other trace of the work carried out by nurses in the building. We were delighted that the University was amenable to this and we now hope that the community will help to raise the funds we need.

“The hospital was a hugely important place in the City and many people will have either worked, been treated, or visited a loved one there.”

The design of the window is currently being discussed with Worcester City Council.

The Nurses’ League needs to raise £15,000 to pay for the window to be made and installed and has launched a fundraising campaign. It hopes to have the window completed in early 2011, when the League will celebrate its Diamond Jubilee.

The Nurses’ League will be holding ‘An evening with Henry Sandon’ on May 15 at 7.30pm in the Graeme Hick Pavilion at Worcestershire County Cricket Club. Tickets will be £15.

Anyone wanting to make a donation to the fund should contact Project Team Chairperson Elizabeth Hill on 01886 821558 or at n.hill08@btinternet.com

The Jenny Lind Chapel is named after the ‘Swedish Nightingale’, as she was known, who sang at a concert in College Hall in the 1800s, donating the proceeds to the building fund. The Chapel adjoins the board room where the British Medical Association was formed in 1832.

The former hospital is currently being transformed into new teaching and learning space for the University and will house the Worcester Business School from September this year.