The British Red Cross is a well known international organisation, however fewer people are aware of the work that the British Red Cross do within the UK. Koi’s Sam Sin has been a member of the Red Cross since 2009, beginning as a member of staff in the Refugee Support Team and now continues as a volunteer in Emergency Response and Fundraising.
Emergency Response volunteers support the UK emergency services at rest centres, can provide first aid or transport assistance. They also provide practical and emotional help to people who have suddenly found themselves homeless following a fire, evacuation, industrial accident or flood. In the case of the Manchester Arena attack on 22nd May 2017, the Red Cross were asked to provide emotional support at a family and friends rest centre set up by Greater Manchester Police at the Etihad football stadium. Sam was one of a group of 5 volunteers who were first to respond.
As well as emotional support at the Etihad stadium, Red Cross volunteers were supporting the ambulance services and at hospitals around Greater Manchester supporting family members, hospital staff and survivors in the weeks afterwards. The Fundraising team has also worked extremely hard to support volunteers and members of the public in raising funds for the ‘We Love Manchester’ Emergency Appeal. Manchester City Council launched the appeal in partnership with the British Red Cross to support those affected by the devastating attack in Manchester and their families. The fund will support people who have been injured or bereaved by the attack.
Harprit Singh is a long standing member of the British Red Cross, starting off as a youth member over 22 years ago! Edith Conn is the Red Cross President for Greater Manchester and until recently she was also Vice Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester. Kate Mitchell is a volunteer fundraiser who was heavily involved in organising fundraising collections and events for the We Love Manchester Emergency Appeal Fund. Sam Sin said “It was an honour to represent the British Red Cross volunteers at Manchester Town Hall for the royal visit. Prince Charles took the time to ask us about the work we undertook and was very encouraging about the work all the volunteers do. He also confirmed that he updates his first aid skills every year!”
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall took the time to speak to members of the ambulance service, doctors and NHS staff who were on call in the aftermath of the tragedy. In a moving speech Prince Charles said that “In all this, Manchester is an example to the world”.
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