Medals for NHS on the front line, designed in Cambridge
Harry Gray the artist behind Cambridge's Romsey "R" sculpture, has been busy during the last few weeks, designing medals he believes should be awarded to NHS workers carers and volunteers on the frontline of this pandemic.
Romsey has taken his inspiration from the many people he has overheard saying that the frontline workers deserve more than a clap, they deserve a medal. He has based his design on the Nightingale badges that were awarded to nurses at the end of their training in the Nightingale Training school at St Thomas' Hospital from 1925 to 1992. The blue and red medals will contain a V for a volunteer, a C for a Carer or NHS for all NHS staff putting themselves at risk daily, from doctors and ambulance staff to porters.
Mr Gray has contacted a Birmingham company to manufacture these medals stating, “It is very important that these medals would be made in the UK, keeping our craftsmen employed and using the same high quality traditional vitreous enamelling method used in the Nightingale original,”
Funds are needed however to make Harry’s dream possible and a Just Giving page has been set up in the hope the public will get behind him.