For immediate release 8 August 2012
For further information Clare O'Keefe
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A trio of British Red Cross volunteers from Liverpool have told of their excitement at being involved in the charity’s work to support visitors to London during the Olympic Games.
Jenny Hardy, Dimitri Borysov and David Williams all headed down to join fellow first aid volunteers on duty at five of London’s busiest stations during the games.
All three usually volunteer at the Brunswick centre in Liverpool, and have just retuned from their Olympic adventure.
Jenny, 20, from Wavertree, is training to be a teacher at Liverpool Hope University. A Red Cross volunteer for three years, she said: “The three of us often get involved in whatever’s going on, and this is the biggest opportunity that has come up yet. It’s nice to take our experiences back and share them with the people at our centre in Liverpool who have busy jobs and can’t make it down.”
Dimitri, 18, of Green Bank, has just finished his A-levels and is hoping to go on to study medicine. He has volunteered for two years. He said: “It was a one-off opportunity for us!”
Meanwhile 18-year-old David, from Allerton, is on a gap year and is about to undertake an event first aid internship with the Liverpool Red Cross, working on the Liverpool marathon first aid cover. He said: “This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in London for the Olympics, playing a role for the Red Cross. Big events are a lot of fun, especially when you get to work with volunteers from other areas.”
On their day off, the three volunteers managed to catch some sporting action on the big screen in Hyde Park.
Jenny said: “I love the gymnastics. I did first aid cover at some of the qualifying events at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, so I’ve been following the team all the way.”
All three said they would heartily recommend volunteering with the Red Cross.
“I’ve learned a lot about dealing with young people, and also about working alongside fellow volunteers of all different ages and backgrounds,” said Jenny.
“Volunteering has really boosted my confidence and helped me to communicate better – when you’re with a casualty you have to communicate effectively and efficiently.
"Sometimes I’ve found it challenging to deal with groups of worried or upset bystanders, but that is also valuable experience.
“The social side is good fun too. I’ve made good friends through Red Cross training events and met lots of new people. There are so many connections between people within the Red Cross, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know people in different age groups.”
David added: “Learning better communication is a big plus to volunteering, as well as getting exposure to a diverse range of casualties, injuries and situations.”
Meanwhile Dimitri said: “You learn to deal with all sorts of emotional reactions and attitudes from patients and their families and friends, and the experience you get is great for course and job applications.”
Red Cross volunteers are be present in London’s main transport hubs, as well as at the sailing site in Dorset, to provide first aid cover for the large crowds of spectators.
First aiders are also on hand during the Olympics at locations including the Kingston cycle race to the live big screens in Blackheath.
Meanwhile the organisation will be ready to respond across the capital and indeed the UK, working alongside the emergency services, councils and utility companies to offer comfort and support in case of a crisis.
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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.
For more information visit www.redcross.org.uk