Miss Florence Helps Raise Funds For The NHS, The Arts And The Windrush Nurses
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Miss Florence is a warm, vivacious character created by Actress, Producer and Playwright Paulette Harris-German. The character was inspired by Paulette's mother and came to life in her one woman play titled ‘Fashioning A Dream’ where we first meet Miss Florence. In this play, Miss Florence: Tales of The Windrush Nurses we are taken on a journey meeting Miss Florence prior to her arrival in the UK during the Windrush period, filled with dreams of becoming a nurse and serving the Commonwealth.
Today Paulette is asking you to help her raise funds for The NHS, Windrush Nurses & Beyond Foundation (a registered charity) and The Arts for the creative development of her original play. You can do this by making a donation on this page. Any size of donation is hugely appreciated.
To thank you for your donation, Paulette has shared a recording of her performance for a London Borough of Brent’s International Women’s Day event for you to view on this page at your leisure.
How the raised funds will be distributed
50% of the funding will go to the NHS Charities Together and to Windrush Nurse & Beyond Foundation a registered charity that supports Windrush nurses and their families and 50% will be used to develop a play featuring the character of Miss Florence.
‘Fashioning A Dream’ is an inspirational play, which explores themes of the Windrush era, resilience, romance, domestic violence, single parenthood and most of all hope. The play has previously had a ‘work in progress’ performance, which received great reviews. Paulette is undertaking further development of the piece, including additional research and further writing all with a view to re-staging and touring the play once venues are reopened following the COVID 19 lockdown.
NHS Charities Together is the umbrella organisation that brings together all the official charities of the NHS. In response to the COVID-19 emergency, it has launched an urgent appeal to support NHS staff, volunteers and patients.
The Windrush Nurses & Beyond Foundation (Charity Number 1152218) was founded by Bob Foster and Sandi Phillips in 2012 to both document and keep the legacy and contributions of the nurses from that era alive. The work of the charity involves delivering exciting projects and roadshows including 'living historians,' which invites Windrush nurses to speak in schools aimed at inspiring young people into the profession. Under the Patronage of Baroness Howells of St David, OBE
A spokesman from the charity states ‘By delivering our programme featuring 'living historians' who overcame adversity, our hope is to continue sharing the lasting legacies of those cultures represented in the Windrush era during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.’
London born Paulette Harris-German affectionately known as ‘Lady Paulette’ is an arts graduate, experienced performer and events organiser. Paulette has volunteered and worked in a variety of capacities including the performing arts, radio and film arenas for over thirty years.
Thank you so much for joining me in this endeavor as we thank all of the NHS staff, Volunteers and supporters during this extraordinary time.