1 December 2009
The British Red Cross recently hosted a fundraising event at a stately home which served as a Red Cross hospital during the Second World War. Nearly 60 people gathered in the Victorian theatre at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield to find out more about the Red Cross’ work in the UK and overseas, and how they can help it continue by leaving a legacy in their will.
Guests listened to presentations from some of the organisation’s senior staff, explored emergency response vehicles, and spoke to the volunteers who use them.
An incredible legacy
Territory legacy fundraiser David Mitchell said: “This was a great opportunity for people to find out how they can get involved, whether it’s by fundraising, volunteering or donating through a will. Capesthorne was a fantastic venue to hold the event in, as it was used as a Red Cross hospital during the Second World War.”
The owners of Capesthorne Hall, the Bromley-Davenport family, supported the Red Cross in several ways during the war. Their home was used as a hospital until 1947, and Mrs Bromley-Davenport organised Red Cross parcels to be sent to wounded prisoners of war.
Some of the family’s memorabilia from this time was displayed at the recent fundraising event.
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