The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps), founded in 1907, is an all-female voluntary organisation which deploys multi-faceted rapid response teams to support civil and military authorities in times of crisis.

We are a vibrant organisation, with a diverse membership. We are on call 24/7, 365 days a year to be of service to those who need us. Although for the last 100 years we have moved away from nursing, compassion is central to what we do.



FANYs train every week to ensure that we can provide surge relief to civil and military authorities in times of crisis. We also deploy in support of non-emergency operations and routinely assist organisations with their training to help keep our members sharp and to forge working relationships.

Throughout 2021, members of the Corps volunteered for 780 days of support; 447 of these days were operational support, and 335 days were routine support. This included 329.5 days supporting London's response to the COVID-19 pandemic with 181 days spent supporting NHS Nightingale, 99.5 days supporting the London Inner South Coroner, and 49 days supporting the Royal London Hospital. In terms of other support, members provided 32 days of support to Op Forth Bridge, 16.25 days to the London Inner South Coroner, and 69.5 days to Op Custom House. To see more on our recent deployments click here.

During 2020, the Corps provided over 1,000 days of support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organisations that we have supported include the Nightingale Hospital London, the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Coronavirus Appeal, the City of London Police, the North London and Westminster Coroners' and Westminster City Council. 

In 2019, the FANY provided 650 days of both operational and routine support to the military, police and other civil organisations. We gave assistance immediately following the London Bridge Attack that started in Fishmongers Hall, and in response to the grim discovery of a number of bodies found in a lorry in Essex. 

In 2017, FANYs were deployed following the terrorist attacks in Manchester, Westminster, and London Bridge, and in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. Members of the Corps provided 1,835 hours of volunteer support over a period of 14 weeks for the City of London Police, HQ London District (Army Headquarters), the Westminster Coroner, the London Resilience Group and the Gold Commander.

If you are interested in joining the Corps, please click here to register your interest.