A carriage clock presented as a gift by Florence Nightingale – the founder of modern nursing – is to be auctioned in aid of a Worcestershire hospice.
The 8 inch high clock was thought to have been given by the famous Victorian nurse to fellow social reformer Mathilde Schwabe.
The current owner of the clock, who has asked to remain anonymous, will donate all money raised from its sale to St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester who have described their delight at the “wonderful and uplifting gesture.”
The clock, inscribed with the words “M.E.S from Florence Nightingale 10 October 1887″, will be sold by Philip Serrell Auctioneers with bidding open now. The auctioneer’s estimate of £1-£2,000 has already been topped with the current bid standing at £4,200 and interest from across the globe.
St Richard’s Hospice Fundraising Director, Tricia Cavell said, “This is such a wonderful and uplifting gesture from a supporter during these difficult times. We truly appreciate the donation of the auction sale proceeds from this historic and beautiful clock. It’s particularly poignant that the clock came from the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, and any funds raised will help our nursing teams to care for patients and their families facing such challenging times during the COVID-19 crisis.”
“We have fantastic supporters and are hopeful that together with help from government and the community, we can come through these financially testing times.”
Philip Serrell said the current owner of the clock inherited it from a cousin who was great-niece of Miss Schwabe. The owner believes Miss Schwabe received the clock from Florence Nightingale in recognition of work or help she had provided.
St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. It also supports their loved ones.
Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,400 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.
St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations and gifts in Wills for the majority of its income with 22% funded by the NHS.