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British Red Cross helps 200 in North Wales snow

25 March 2013

For immediate release  Monday March 25, 2013
For further information  Rebecca McIlhone
Contact number  0117 3012624 07525 128297

Volunteers from the British Red Cross have encountered snow drifts, fallen trees and road closures in their work helping nearly 200 people get into North Wales hospitals as the snowy conditions continue.

Since Friday Red Cross volunteers using 4x4s have transported 195 people from snow-hit areas to the main North Wales hospitals – Glan Clwyd and Wrexham Maelor as well as to Flint, Holywell and Deeside community hospitals. Most of those have been medical staff, but some have been renal patients needing dialysis treatment.

Red Cross volunteers have also taken paramedics into ambulance stations across North Wales and supported the GP out of hours service. The majority of the support was at the request of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the Red Cross is grateful to have received additional help from the local Wales 4x4 Response Club, as well as Red Cross staff and volunteers from other parts of the UK.

Volunteer John Skelton, 41, who has just moved from Abergele to Liverpool, but continues to volunteer in North Wales, has been on duty over the weekend. He says: “A lot of our work has been getting doctors and nurses into hospital despite some really treacherous weather conditions. There have been snow drifts, trees down and road closures. At one point we got a police escort through a really badly hit area and a tree fell right in front of the police car as we were driving. Luckily our local knowledge and the fact we are able to communicate with our colleagues in the emergency services using Airwave radio meant we were able to work out an alternative route.

“We help people in crisis and I’m really proud to have been involved this weekend.”

Twelve volunteers are currently deployed in 4x4 vehicles with further teams on standby. The support is anticipated to continue until at least tomorrow.

The Red Cross has posted advice for severe weather conditions on its website including how to respond to cold weather-related accidents.


Notes to editors

For more information please contact Rebecca McIlhone on 0117 3012624.

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.

In 2008, Land Rover donated 30 all-terrain vehicles to the British Red Cross for use across the UK as part of a 60 vehicle donation to mark both the 60th anniversary of Land Rover and the 100th anniversary of the Royal Charter being granted to the British Red Cross.

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