The British Treasury: Issue a £2 coin with the face of Edith Cavell on it
  • Petitioned Her Majesty's Treasury

This petition was delivered to:

Her Majesty's Treasury

The British Treasury: Issue a £2 coin with the face of Edith Cavell on it

    1. Sioned-Mair Richards
    2. Petition by

      Sioned-Mair Richards

      Sheffield, United Kingdom

  1.  
  2.   
July 2014

Victory

I was lying in bed this morning cursing the cat for waking me so early on a Saturday morning. As I was now awake, I put the news on in time to hear the brilliant news that all the hard work has paid off and there is going to be an Edith Cavell Coin. So this is the most enormous heart felt thank you to all 110,000 of you who supported this campaign. It began as a grumpy conversation with my friend Rosanne Kirk at the new year as to why there was a Kitchener coin and no one else, and 6 months later has ended with a coin for a great woman. Special mention to Pip & Kit, the Cavell descendants, who came all the way from North Yorkshire to London to help present the petition to the Treasury. And then to everyone who has sent in family stories or notes about having been in Cavell House at school, to the Cavell Nurses Trust; to Dan Jarvis MP who raised the issue at Treasury questions, to the Miners of Bowburn colliery who all that time ago put Edith on their banner... As Margaret Mead said ""Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." I'll stop at that, but once again THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

This year sees the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. To mark this, HM Treasury will be issuing a new £2 coin with the face of the War Minister, Field Marshall Lord Kitchener.

Lord Kitchener represents all that I have always loathed about the First World War - the jingoism, the sheer waste of men, the "Lions led by Donkeys" mentality. 

And then I thought of Edith Cavell, a heroine of my early childhood. The nurse who was executed for giving succour to all wounded soldiers regardless of nationality. The woman who is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers in Brussels from all sides without distinction. She and Belgian and French colleagues helped over 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium. She was arrested, tried with 33 others by a German military court, found guilty of ‘assisting men to the enemy’ and shot by a German firing squad on October 12 1915.
 
"I realise that patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone", these are her last words. She did not want to be remembered as a martyr or a heroine but simply as "a nurse who tried to do her duty". In the year in which we commemorate the First World War she should be honoured by her country as a woman who was one of the best.
 
If you agree then please sign my petition to the Treasury calling on it to issue a £2 coin remembering her and the very different way in which she saw duty, not just to country but to humankind.
To:
Her Majesty's Treasury
Please issue a £2 coin with the face of Edith Cavell on it to commemorate a woman who did her duty during the First World War, a duty not just to country but to all humankind.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Thank You Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank You!

      Sioned-Mair Richards
      Petition Organizer

      I was lying in bed this morning cursing the cat for waking me so early on a Saturday morning. As I was now awake, I put the news on in time to hear the brilliant news that all the hard work has paid off and there is going to be an Edith Cavell Coin.

      So this is the most enormous heart felt thank you to all 110,000 of you who supported this campaign. It began as a grumpy conversation with my friend Rosanne Kirk at the new year as to why there was a Kitchener coin and no one else, and 6 months later has ended with a coin for a great woman.

      Special mention to Pip & Kit, the Cavell descendants, who came all the way from North Yorkshire to London to help present the petition to the Treasury.

      And then to everyone who has sent in family stories or notes about having been in Cavell House at school, to the Cavell Nurses Trust; to Dan Jarvis MP who raised the issue at Treasury questions, to the Miners of Bowburn colliery who all that time ago put Edith on their banner...

      As Margaret Mead said ""Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

      I'll stop at that, but once again

      THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

    2. George says probably!

      Sioned-Mair Richards
      Petition Organizer

      Dan Jarvis MP, opposition Lead on First World War commemoration asked George Osborne about the campaign for a Cavell coin at treasury Questions on Tuesday:
      Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) (Lab): Next year will mark 100 years since the execution of Edith Cavell, the brave nurse who saved countless lives during world war one. In this important year of remembrance, will the Chancellor join me and the 110,000 people who have signed an online petition and urge the Royal Mint to mark the anniversary by including Edith Cavell on its list of designs for the new £2 coin, so that we can honour all those who served and made sacrifices for our country in different ways a century ago?

      Mr Osborne: As well as being Chancellor of the Exchequer, I am Master of the Royal Mint. I can therefore address the hon. Gentleman’s question directly. I am certainly aware of the campaign, and I of course honour the bravery and sacrifice of Edith Cavell. There will be a whole series of coins to commemorate the first world war, some of which will be in general circulation and some of which will be for collectors. Like previous Governments, we act on the advice of a Royal Mint advisory committee on these topics, but I will directly take up with it the suggestion of marking Edith Cavell’s sacrifice and make sure that it is honoured in an appropriate way.

      So Mr Osborne has read the 100.000 petition & knows all about us. Thank you to all of you for making that possible!

      I will be pressing on to ensure that we have a £2 coin that goes into general circulation & not just a collector's coin. Other MPs from across the parties have supported the coin. The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP will be tabling an EDM - a parliamentary petition - in support of the coin. Please can you write/email your local MP to ask them to support it.

      And finally, Pip & Kit (the two Cavell descendants) and I have been invited onto ITV's "This Morning" early in August to talk about our campaign to remember a remarkable woman. Will let you know nearer the time when the exact date will be.

      Thank you for your support. When I set off in January it was a dream. I think it's going to become a reality. You made it happen!

    3. Reached 100,000 signatures
    4. A we march on...

      Sioned-Mair Richards
      Petition Organizer

      I've been sent a picture of a supporter's grandfather who had a picture of Edith Cavell tattooed on his chest pic.twitter.com/BdgFjcQMBC also been told of the colliery banner in Bowburn Co Durham which is the only miners' banner with a woman on it. Yes, that'll be Edith again.
      So thank you for your support & please do ask family & friends to sign. We can win a Cavell coin for Edith!

    5. Reached 50,000 signatures
    6. Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you

      Sioned-Mair Richards
      Petition Organizer

      Just wanted to thank all those people who have signed and thank them too for the lovely comments left as to why the Edith Cavell coin is needed. Some very personal things written which have been beautiful. It is good to know that I am not alone in my thoughts about the Kitchener coin.

    7. Reached 40,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • STUART DABBS GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 days ago

      Let us remember people for all the right reasons and Edith is worthy of the gratitude of our nation, Mr Kitchener is not.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • lorraine doig EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      Women in history are not written about and there are many unsung heroines who need to be commemorated for the inspiring work and the impact of that work for society

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Stuart McLauchlan BO'NESS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      She tried to save lives not waste them like kitchner.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Christine Hyatt PENZANCE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      Edith Cavell is a national heroine - far more important to honour her than Lord Kitchener.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • martin ridley BOWBURN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      Member of bowburn banner group who has a mining banner with edit cavell on it

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.