Maisy and the Lord Mayor

The Veteran Covenant Healthcare Alliance Rehabilitation Team’s Maisy Provan was part of the guard of honour at the 2021 Lord Mayor’s Show on 13 November, the first time a medical unit has ever performed the role.

Senior physiotherapist Maisy is a Reservist with 256 City of London Field Hospital, and her Unit was the first marching troop behind the band of the Grenadier Guards and of the Coldstream Guards.  The Show dates back to the thirteenth century, when King John allowed the City of London to appoint its own Mayor. The current Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Vincent Keaveny, is the 693rd.

Speaking after the event, Maisy said: “‘It was a great privilege to be part of this and a fantastic experience.  Previously, the Unit has been in the parade floats and this year we were afforded the guard of honour role. This officially awards 256 Field Hospital a scroll giving us privileges across the City of London – including being able to march around the City of London with bayonets at anytime without being stopped by the police! However, being part of the Army Medical Services, we won’t be doing this.”

The Lord Mayor of London inspects his guard of honour – Maisy Provan, second row, nearest screen – image copyright BBC
Lord Mayor’s Show 2021, Maisy Provan, circled – image copyright BBC
Lord Mayor’s Show 2021 – Maisy Provan, circled – image copyright BBC

VCHA Team Lead Guy Benson said:” Maisy is a first class role model and an inspiration to us all.  She works hard during the week with our Team, and is meticulous and energetic in what she does for the Veterans Rehab programme.  Most of her spare time is dedicated to the Reserves and to her fundraising for various charities.  The team is incredibly proud of Maisy.”

The Veteran Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) is committed to improving Armed Forces and Veteran care whilst raising standards for all. 101 NHS providers in England are now Veteran Aware accredited, and the VCHA aims to have all Trusts in England accredited by November 2022 at the latest. Find out more about our work and about Rehab by clicking here.

15 November 2021


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