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British Red Cross – more than just overseas aid

Our guests on Over to You on 17th July were from the Cambridgeshire branch of the BRC – President Rosie Gutteridge, and Vice President Alyson Cheng. The ladies were chatting to Norman Knapper about the origins, principles and work of the Red Cross, including how they supported people affected by recent national emergencies such as Grenfell Tower & the Manchester Arena bombing.

Rosie and Alyson explained that many people associate the Red Cross with international aid, and indeed it is a worldwide movement, but in fact their work is often much closer to home! Their key message to listeners was “We hope you won’t need us – but you never know when you might!”

Funds for the Cambridgeshire branch are raised through a variety of local events, such as the upcoming Armistice Centenary Dinner in Cambridge in December as well as donations and the Red Cross charity shops in the region, with an impressive 92% of donations going straight to BRC’s support campaigns.

The Cambridgeshire branch has around 200 volunteers in a variety of roles, from admin and fundraising to providing emergency response, working with young people & driving/distribution. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Caroline Hudson at CHudson@redcross.org.uk.