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Shine a light for Surrey and Hampshire's nurses on International Nurses Day

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Shine a light for Surrey and Hampshire's nurses on International Nurses Day

Published by Lettie Buxton at 6:00am 12th May 2020. (Updated at 9:49am 12th May 2020)

People across Surrey and Hampshire are being encouraged to shine a light for our nurses tonight (12 May).

It is to mark International Nurses Day and recognise their efforts in tackling COVID-19.

Today is also the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who founded modern nursing and pioneered infection control.

She is also famous for carrying a lamp.

People are urged to shine a light from their window at 8.30pm.

Sue Herson, matron for critical care at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, told Eagle Radio about how they are dealing with the strains of the pandemic: 

"Very stressful, staff are scared, but my team have been amazing.

"They have stuck together, they have come in on their shifts, they have supported each other.

"We all recognise that not everyday we're going to be as strong as other days.

"I think it's always really important [to mark International Nurses Day], but I think how nurses have performed over this COVID-19 is really important.

"It's a really good recognition.

"We've been really lucky, I think, anyway with the public, with the way that we have been recognised and supported, but it is really good, I think, to have an official day."