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British Red Cross volunteers in the North mark Remembrance Day

10 November 2016

Several volunteers from across the North will be among those representing the British Red Cross at Remembrance Day events across the country this weekend.

Emergency Response and Ambulance Crew volunteers Helen Byrnes from near Halifax, and Ian Clough, from County Durham, will take part in the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday (12 November).

A further six volunteers from across the North – Valerie Thomson from Poulton-le-fylde, David Kennedy-Harding from near Hull, Tom Reid from Leeds, Susan Holden from Padiham, Thomas Chapman from the Wirral, and Stephen Rattue from near York – will take part in the Cenotaph Parade, which takes place on Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday each year.

Commenting on her involvement, Helen Byrnes said:

“It’s a huge honour to be chosen to take part in such a memorable and poignant event. Being a British Red Cross volunteer has given me an invaluable set of first aid skills which I also use outside of the Red Cross, and I’m really pleased to join a fellow volunteer from the North East to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.”

Ian said:

“I’ve been part of the Red Cross volunteering family for some 30 years. Being asked to represent the organisation at such an important national event is a real honour.

“I’m really looking forward to joining Helen to pay our respects and remember those who gave their lives for our country.” 

Maryanne Burton, British Red Cross Head of Volunteering said:

“The work of our some 20,000 volunteers nationwide is hugely important to our organisation, and to communities across the country providing invaluable support to our beneficiaries.

“It’s great to see our volunteers represented at the Cenotaph Parade and the Festival of Remembrance, not to mention at the many other events taking place up and down the country, to honour those who have served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice.”


Notes to editors

  1. British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts. Our volunteers and staff help people in crisis to live independently by providing support at home, mobility aids and transport. We also teach first aid skills. We are part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian network. We refuse to ignore people in crisis.

For more information, please visit our website or our Facebook page. You can follow the British Red Cross North West Twitter page here.

  1. The British Red Cross has long had an important role to play in supporting people affected by conflict and crises in the UK and around the world. During the First World War the Red Cross provided 90,000 volunteers to help wounded and sick soldiers in the UK and abroad. They established 1,786 auxilliary hospitals and staffed ambulances, hospital trains and motor launches to evacuate the wounded to hospitals. The Red Cross also despatched more than 47,000 food parcels a month to prisoners of war and wounded soldiers. After the war the role of British Red Cross was expanded to include ‘improvement of health, prevention of disease and mitigation of suffering throughout the world.’ Today it provides a range of services to support people in crisis. This includes practical and emotional support to people affected by emergencies, support at home to help people remain independent, mobility aids, first aid training and support to refugees and asylum seekers

For more information on Remembrance Day events, please visit the Royal British Legion’s website here.

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