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Coffee cakes and carnations

7 May 2012

Press release

For immediate release Monday 7 May 2012

For further information Derek Masterton

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Coffee, cakes and carnations

Local residents can pop along for some coffee and home-baking at this year’s Gartocharn Red Cross coffee evening, safe in the knowledge that their indulgence is all in aid of a good cause.

Sheila Cronin, a Red Cross volunteer, has organised a coffee evening on Thursday 10 May at 7pm at Kilmaronock Millennium Hall in Gartocharn to raise money for Red Cross Week. There is a £2 entry fee which includes tea and coffee. This year, as well as home-baking, there will be plants, bric-a-brac and accessories for sale.

Sheila said: “Each year Gartocharn, a small rural village, raises more than £2000 for the work of the Red Cross. The highlight of this week’s Red Cross Week is the Gartocharn coffee evening on the Thursday 10 May.”

Last year, Red Cross volunteers raised more than £943,477 during Red Cross Week and the money was used to support our vital work in the UK and overseas, providing unconditional care for vulnerable people in crisis.

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Notes to editors

Last year in Scotland, the Red Cross:

> Responded to 444 emergencies including those caused by flooding and extreme winter weather.
> Trained 33,167 people in life saving first aid skills
> Enabled 32,850 people to live more independently through health and social care services
> Helped 571 people through refugee services
> Worked with teachers to reach 22,863 young people with humanitarian education

This year’s theme for Red Cross Week (6 - 12 May) is “One in a million”. The fundraising week seeks to raise funds to support British Red Cross projects both in the UK and overseas. All projects bring help to people vulnerable in a crisis – such as those in the UK whose lives are disrupted by fire or flooding, people who have no-one to look after them when discharged from hospital, or those affected by disasters overseas.

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. When the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.


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