Forever remember the frontline healthcare workers who died during the Covid-19 pandemic as -
Angels of the Nation
The NHS lost at least 181 courageous souls in their frontline efforts to overcome the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. No words can ever bring them back but the country did came together to formally honour and forever remember them as - Angels of the Nation.
This appeal was created on 17th June 2020 with JustGiving to ask for your support to
make and deliver these angel statues to the families who had lost their loved ones as a symbol of the nations gratitude. Within three months, the first angel was given to a family.
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“We owe so much to the courage and dedication of our NHS staff. Working every day, they are risking their lives to save ours. For the families and friends who have lost an NHS worker, nothing can replace their loss but these angel statues are a poignant symbol of our gratitude. We will never forget.”
Ellie Orton, Chief Executive of
NHS Charities Together
This beautiful angel sculpture was designed by artist Lucianne Lassalle. It is made of white marble resin, hand cast and hand finished in the UK. It stands 12 inches (32cm) tall and weighs 850g. It cost £110 to make each angel.
The appeal reached its target of £20,000 in order to make 181 angels and gained the immerse support of NHS Charities Together and over a dozen NHS Trusts across the country to help deliver the angels.
"How very honoured I am that a beautiful cast of my work is to be given to each of the families. To me the sculpture is like a guardian angel with a huge compassionate heart holding the memory of these amazing people who have died whilst in service to our country".
BBC Breakfast coverage of the Angels of the Nation Appeal
"When I held the angel, I could feel all my emotions flooding back to the Nightingale, looking after these healthcare workers, some of which sadly passed away and I know it would mean the world to their families to have this angel looking over them".
NHS Registered General Nurse
Guys and St Thomas' Hospital &
Nightingale Hospital, London
An angel was presented to Thabo, who showed so much strength as he told us about his incredible wife Jo who tragically lost her life after contracting Covid-19 at work. He explained that Jo, a Nurse at Southport and Formby District General Hospital, was extremely dedicated and felt the importance of working to help people in such difficult times.
“Both my parents died when I was younger so I’ve known Jo more than anyone else in my life, we’ve been married for 34 years and she is the love of my life - my heroine. I know I’m never going to know anyone for that amount of time for the rest of my life, but I’m not worried because I know she is in heaven now and watching over me”.
"The Angels of the Nation is a very moving and poignant way to remember the lives of frontline healthcare workers".
Mayor of London
"A brilliant idea to help share the compassion and empathy we have for our NHS families during their time of loss. This touch of thoughtfulness will certainly leave heartfelt ripples of kindness."
Donator on JustGiving
“It is a lovely gesture and I hope that it is something which would bring comfort to their families.”
Rev Ian Inglis,
North Eastern Sector of the
Northern Care Alliance
"Great idea. Love from Jeremy."
BBC Radio 2 Presenter
& Donator on JustGiving
"A wonderful way to show our lasting gratitude and remembrance to NHS workers and their families."
Labour MP for Putney
& Donator on JustGiving
This appeal was created by father and son, Paul & James Gilley, who believe this gift can provide some comfort to the families and as a country, honour the memory of their loved ones.
Thank you for donating!
Silver Angel Pendants
The campaign evolved with these beautiful angel pendants as part of our fundraising appeal. Lucianne Lassalle worked her magic again to adapt the base of the statue to form a heart-like shape with the chain attached at the back giving the pendant an essence of floating.
The pendant is solid sterling silver, hallmarked with a polished finish. It was available in two sizes; 4cm and 2.5cm. It came with an 18 inch sterling silver chain. All pendants were hand cast at Hockley Mint with thanks to Gary Wroe, Chair of the National Association of Jewellers.
The price was a minimum donation of £82.00 for the larger angel and £48.50 for the smaller angel, all including VAT and postage in the UK.
Angels Charity Single
Marcella Detroit and Tony Hadley were joined by a fantastic group of musicians, dubbed 'Kindred Spirit' to release a special charity single in support of this appeal with all proceeds going to NHS Charities Together. This cover of Robbie Williams' Angels, released on 4th June, features; Marcella, Tony, Jools Holland, Glen Matlock, Clem Burke, Earl Slick, Josh Phillips, Steve Norman, Marion Fleetwood, Elizabeth Westwood, Jennie Bellestar Matthias & Paul Mitchell. We can not thank them enough for their time and support!
The making of the angel
This campaign was very fortunate to gain the support of these wonderful organisations
A special thanks to the incredible staff at these trusts, and the many more who have supported us
If your organisation has the ability to support this appeal, or your trust can work with us,
please do contact us.