Monthly Talk – 8th February 2022

By | 31/01/2022

The Life of Florence Nightingale

Known as ‘The Lady of the Lamp’ during the Crimean War where she was instrumental in saving many lives, Florence Nightingale was also a leading developer of statistical techniques in medicine and a founder of modern nursing. She is one of the most famous and distinguished women in British history.

Mary Spinks was awarded a CBE in 2010 after a 52-year career in nursing. She came to England from Cork to train as a nurse in 1958 and on qualifying spent 15 years in theatre nursing. Mary became chairman of the National Association of Theatre Nurses and continued her career in nurse management to become Regional Nursing Officer for North East Thames.

She was director of the Florence Nightingale Foundation from 1996-2010, raising substantial funds for scholarships to develop nurses’ careers in the modern NHS. She remains an honorary vice-president of the organisation. Mary took over as president of Maidenhead Rotary club in June 2020.


The talk will again be held at the Desborough Bowling Club at 10 Green Lane, Maidenhead SL6 1XZ (Green Lane is just off Stafferton Link and Bray Lane; there is plenty of free parking). Please aim to arrive between 2.00 and 2.15pm, wearing your mask.

Covid protection – We recognise that, while government regulations have relaxed, u3a members may still be vulnerable even though the majority of our members may have been double vaccinated & had a booster. As we are meeting indoors, please wear a mask as soon as you arrive to ensure the greatest level of mutual protection. If you have not been vaccinated or cannot wear a mask, PLEASE DO NOT COME. Our concern is to do everything we can to protect all our members.

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