The Florence Nightingale Teddy Bear

The Florence Nightingale Teddy Bear

in support of the Girl Child Education Fund

This beautiful fully jointed teddy bear has been hand made with care by the Great British Teddy Bear Company. Florence is 34cm tall and wears a miniature of the blue and white dress once worn by ‘Nightingale nurses’, and carries a replica of her famous lamp. Her khaki canvas bag holds three little bandages so that she can nurse any injured toys she meets as she travels the globe raising valuable funds for the Girl Child Education Fund (GCEF).

The ICN.FNIF Florence Nightingale Teddy Bear is being sold in support of the GCEF, which provides for the primary and secondary schooling of the orphaned daughters of nurses in developing countries, paying for school fees, uniforms, shoes and books. To order your Florence Nightingale Teddy Bear, please go to

How to help us promote the
ICN.FNIF Florence Nightingale Teddy Bear

Several national nursing associations have added a link to the teddy bear website: and a story about the bear has also appeared in several nursing journals.

The Royal College of Nursing UK held a raffle of one of the teddy bears and raised £118 for the Girl Child Education Fund.

The Danish Nurses Organization have placed the FNIF bear at reception for all to see.

At the 2011 Community Nursing Symposium in Canberra the ACT Chief Nurse, Veronica Croome, presented a Florence Nightingale teddy bear to Fran Morson who was named Community Nurse of the Year, and to the nurses who presented papers at the symposium including Alix Palmer and Lorraine Evans photographed above. Nurses attending the symposium also donated AU$100 to the GCE fund.

Karen Drenkard, ANCC Executive Director, purchased bears for all the ANCC staff who worked to make a success of the ANCC National Magnet Conference in October 2011.

Sanofi promoted the bear during the launch of the Care Challenge initiative.
In 2011, the Great British Teddy Bear Company donated over £5000 to the GCEF through sales of the Florence Nightingale teddy bear.

Dr Lindsay Smith of the University of Tasminia's School of Nursing and Midwifery teaches a course on project management for health professionals to postgraduate students from across Australia, 90% of whom are registered nurses. Every year, at their Annual Showcase of Project Proposals, students vote on the People’s Choice Award for the Most Fascinating Project Poster. This year the winner of the People's Choice Award is Meg Lane, pictured here, who was delighted to receive a Florence Nightingale Teddy bear.
If you would like to help us promote the bear, please contact Lindsey Williamson at [email protected]
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