27 November 2009
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• Red Cross volunteers working at Cockermouth, Keswick and Ulverston flood support centres
• HRH Prince of Wales, President of the British Red Cross to meet Red Cross volunteers on Saturday 28th November in Cockermouth
Sir Nick Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross has today visited Cockermouth to meet with volunteers and local people recovering from the devastating floods of last week.
Sir Nick Young said: “Our staff and volunteers have been providing practical and emotional support to the community, from rescue boats and first aid, to providing advice and a listening ear. It has been a huge operation, involving Red Cross staff and volunteers from across the north of England and Scotland, and it’s not over yet. We know from our experiences in Morpeth last year that continued support, long after the waters have subsided, is essential to help a community get back on its feet.”
Sir Nick met with Red Cross volunteers and staff who have been providing practical help and advice, and much-needed emotional support, to local residents caught up in the unprecedented flooding. Earlier in the day he also met staff and volunteers at the organisation’s command and control centre for the floods, located in Newcastle, which has been operating 24 hours a day ever since the emergency started.
Working alongside the RNLI and Mountain Rescue Service, the 20 strong Red Cross swift water rescue team took part in over 200 rescues and assisted in 996 property searches. Land Rover ambulances have been supporting the supporting the local ambulance service. Red Cross staff and volunteers at the Cockermouth School rest centre helped 150 people immediately after the floods, and staff and volunteers are now working in three flood support centres across Cumbria to help people recover after the floods.
The British Red Cross, who have been responding to the floods since Thursday 19th November, have also given £20,000 from their UK Disaster Fund to the Cumbria Community Foundation.
Notes to editors
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.
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