Banknote auction raises £120,000 for Camden Hospital charity

08:19 20 May 2022

A charity auction of a Scottish banknote featuring a former north London doctor has raised £120,000 for the Royal Free Charity.

Scotland’s new £100 polymer banknote entered circulation last week (May 9). He represents medical pioneer and suffragette Dr Flora Murray CBE, who trained as a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Born in Dumfries, Dr Murray qualified as a doctor at the London (Royal Free Hospital) School of Medicine for Women in 1905. She worked as a physician and anesthesiologist before establishing a series of military hospitals to treat wounded soldiers .

The portrait featured on the note hangs in the hospital and is part of a collection owned and curated by the Royal Free Charity.

Dr Flora Murray (1869-1923) trained at the Royal Free Hospital, where her portrait now hangs
– Credit: Francis Dodd

To mark the entry into circulation of the new £100 note, the Bank of Scotland auctioned off 186 limited edition versions for a total of £241,080. Proceeds will be shared between Mental Health UK and Royal Free Charity.

Jon Spiers, Chief Executive of Royal Free Charity, said: “We are very proud that Flora has been recognized in this way, and we are extremely grateful to the Bank of Scotland for their generous donation.”

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