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Ambulance stalwart to get a special honour

A STALWART of Hackney’s St John’s ambulance Brigade – who was part of the Popes personal ambulance crew while he visited Britain and later received a medal from him during an international first aiders gathering at the Vatican – is to receive a special honour for her services to the community

Providence “Provi” Micallef has served with the Brigades Hackney division for 25 years had been divisional officer at its headquarters in Midenhall road, Lower Clapton, for the past 15 years.

She and her pet dog are familiar sights every Sunday morning at the football matches in Hackney Marshes where Provi carries out her weekly Brigade duties.  And she is also on hand to provide first aid at Hackney speedway.

Now Provi’s years of dedication and hard work are going to get a big thank you when she receives a special insignia and is made a serving sister of the Order of St. John at a glittering ceremony at the Grand Priory Church in Chickenwell next Thursday (May 16th.

The 57 year old officer who works for Hackney Council’s Social services as a driver/attendant taking elderly Residents at St. Anne’s Home in Stoke Newington out on trips said she was “delighted and very honoured” at the special pat on the back. Provi was part of the Pope’s private ambulance crew during the Roman Catholics’ spiritual leader’s visit to Britain in 1992

“He had a great sense of humour and was always cracking jokes,” said Provi of Anderson Road Homerton.

He even used to joke about people trying to kill him and ironically three years later someone did try when they shot him.

In 1983 Provi was part of a gathering of first aiders from all over the world in St. Peters square Rome.  She was granted a private audience with the Pope.

“Hackney Gazette 10/05/1991”