Tributes paid to ‘Cannock’s Florence Nightingale’ Ethel Powell
A tireless fundraiser has been labelled ‘Cannock’s Florence Nightingale’ by council bosses after she died aged 97.
Ethel Powell worked for 33 years to secure millions in funding for medical care and was honoured for her work with an MBE. The late campaigner was also commended for being ‘one of the hardest working people for the district’.
Cannock Chase council leader George Adamson said: “It is a very sad time for Cannock.
“In general she was a tireless campaigner for the hospital all the way through.
“We gave her the honour of the freedom of the district – she was one of just three to receive that.
“I am sure she will be fondly remembered as she campaigned so hard.
“I wish we had more people like Ethel. She was an example to everybody and I wish we had hundreds more like her.”
Mrs Powell, who was made an MBE for her work for Cannock Chase League of Friends, announced her retirement in 2010 after 33 years of charity work in Staffordshire.
Calls have come for a permanent tribute to the veteran charity worker, with councillors hoping to see a statue of her in Cannock. Councillor Doris Grice said: “I remember Ethel, she was very good for Cannock Hospital.
“She was one of the hardest working people for the district.
“People will remember her work for as long as Cannock hospital stands.
“I think there ought to be a statue in the town for her – she was a lovely lady.
“I was very pleased to give her the freedom of the district and I shall always remember Ethel.”