Tuesday 04 May 2010
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HRH The Prince of Wales has renewed his commitment to the British Red Cross by signing up to another five years as the charity’s President.
The announcement marks the start of Red Cross Appeal Week 2010 (www.redcross.org.uk/appealweek) which aims to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity’s work through events and collections up and down the country.
His Royal Highness first took over the role of President in 2003 from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, continuing a long line of Royal patronage of the Red Cross. Her Majesty The Queen is the Patron of the British Red Cross and HRH Princess Alexandra is a Deputy President.
James Cochrane, Chairman of the British Red Cross, said, “During the Prince’s Presidency his encouragement, personal interest and commitment to our work has been invaluable. We are honoured and delighted he has agreed to continue in this role and look forward to working with him over the next five years.”
In the seven years since His Royal Highness was appointed as President he has visited British Red Cross projects in both the UK and overseas.
For example, in 2006, His Royal Highness and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the remote mountain village of Pattika in Pakistan to find out how the Red Cross was helping people rebuild their lives after the devastating 2005 earthquake. This trip followed visits to Sri Lanka and Bam in Iran in 2004.
In the summer of 2008, His Royal Highness and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a garden party at Buckingham Palace for 4,500 Red Cross staff, volunteers and supporters to celebrate 100 years of the charity’s Royal Charter.
Here, His Royal Highness met Red Cross volunteer Mick Bullen who raised £56,000 for a new ambulance to be used by the charity to provide door-to-door transport for people who cannot get about easily. Mick said: “It really is a huge honour to have been chosen to meet His Royal Highness and The Duchess of Cornwall. Events like this only come round once in a lifetime and I was intent on enjoying every second.”
More recently, His Royal Highness took time out to meet British Red Cross volunteers who responded to the floods in Cumbria in November 2009.
The British Red Cross was able to give something back to His Royal Highness in 2008, when he took part in a refresher first aid course run by charity’s head of first aid, Joe Mulligan. The Prince said: “I asked the British Red Cross to arrange for me to refresh my first aid skills because these simple skills can save lives.”
Sir Nicholas Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: “I accompanied Their Royal Highnesses on the trip to Pakistan and saw first hand how much the visit meant to our staff, volunteers and the local people we were working with.”
For more information on the British Red Cross please visit: http://www.redcross.org.uk
For more information about Red Cross Appeal Week please visit: http://www.redcross.org/appealweek
Notes to editors
Photos of His Royal Highness meeting Red Cross volunteers.
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.
More recently, His Royal Highness took time out to meet British Red Cross volunteers who responded to the floods in Cockermouth in November 2009.