The total cost of the project is estimated to be £500,000. All but £90,000 has been raised through donations from thousands of individual supporters as well as several larger donors.
Lord Soley, Chair of the Appeal, said the statue, due to be unveiled in the autumn, will sit opposite the Houses of Parliament, in the grounds of St Thomas’s hospital.
He said: “It will be the first statue of a named black woman in the UK and is an important opportunity to show the kind of country we have become.”
A number of high profile celebrities have agreed to act as Appeal Ambassadors, including former Eastenders star Judith Jacob and award-winning actor Josette Simon OBE.
Simon said: “A statue of Mary Seacole is long overdue. The world needs to know about this remarkable woman and what she achieved in the face of such adversity. It is the least we can do.”
If you wish to donate to the fund visit: www.justgiving.com/maryseacolememorial/donate
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