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Service to honour Sister Dora

2023-01-12T11:19:49+00:00Thursday 12 January 2023|

A celebration to mark the anniversary of the birth of Walsall nursing heroine Sister Dora is being held in the town this weekend.

The service to commemorate Sister Dora’s life and work for the people of Walsall will be held at St Paul’s Church on Sunday 15 January, at 11am, led by Canon Rob Hall. It falls on the day before the 190th anniversary of the birth of Dorothy Pattison, better known as Sister Dora.

After the service, at around 12 noon, the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Rose Martin, will attend a laying of wreaths at the statue of Sister Dora at The Bridge.

It will be the first such live event since the COVID-19 pandemic because the service was cancelled for the last two years as communities continued to work together to minimise infection risk.

This event traditionally attracts a good turnout from the public to the crossing at St Paul’s, which can be found at Darwall Street Walsall, WS1 1DA.

A member of the Chaplaincy – Spiritual Care Team will be there representing Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. Sister Dora is fondly recognised in two statues at Walsall Manor Hospital.

Edd Stock, Walsall Healthcare Chaplaincy Team Leader, said: “We are delighted this service is happening again after the restrictions of the last two years.

“This is an important service for the people of Walsall as Sister Dora’s inspirational work during the 1860s and 1870s set the standard for healthcare locally.

“Her contribution to nursing, her compassion and dedication, are her legacy that generations still model themselves on today.

“We hope people will be able to join us reflect on our experiences, remember those we have lost and commit ourselves afresh.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the service and the laying of the wreaths.

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