Singing and Dancing in the Rain
On Saturday 12th November more than 7,000 people, 200 horses and over 150 floats travelled from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice and back, as part of the Lord Mayor's Show procession.
Every element that makes up the City of London including military, civic, business, community and Livery were represented. In amongst the best of them were six Simplyhealth employees who were assisting Music in Hospitals, one of the many worthy charities supported by Simplyhealth. Emma Adcock, Angela Presland, Laura Cooper-Curtis, Paul Jeans, Teresa Bowden, and Vicki Parkinson braved the weather and walked, danced and sang the three miles around London in the pouring rain.
As Emma explains: "We met bright and early (well dark and early) and had a great pep talk from Steve Rowland Jones, CEO of the charity, which was simply summed up as 'what will be, will be...but we will get wet'.
The procession began; the continuing downpour didn't dampen anyone's spirits as we walked the streets waving at the crowds who were there in their thousands. The band and singers performed a wide range of songs during the procession from 'Hey Jude' to 'the wheels on the bus', which had the crowds singing along and those in the grandstand swaying along to the music. The show ended with an amazing firework display over the Thames."
Music in Hospitals is an amazing charity which organises professionally performed, interactive live music concerts. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for adults and children with all kinds of illness and disability through the joy and therapeutic benefits of professionally performed live music in hospitals, hospices, day care centers, special schools and care homes. Following a donation of £99,910, Simplyhealth has helped Music in Hospitals to reach 8,000 people through 329 concerts.