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Island turns blue to mark International Nurses Day

Landmarks to be illuminated on 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth

Today is International Nurses Day, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

The Year of the Nurse and Midwife was designated by the World Health Organisation, and a series of events planned across the 12 months around the Island had just begun when the coronavirus pandemic struck.

Events including a garden party and a group walk between the sites of former hospitals in and around Douglas themed ‘The Lady with the Lamp’, have all had to be postponed.
Instead, Island nursing and midwifery colleagues say they're taking the opportunity to reflect on all the people whose lives have been affected by Covid-19, while maintaining social distancing rules.

The Laxey Wheel will be lit blue this evening to mark the occasion, and the Isle of Man Post Office is launching a special set of stamps, with eight images capturing the different spheres of nursing in the Island.

Manx Utilities has also announced Pulrose Power Station will be lit blue this evening.

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