27 October 2009
BRCThe Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Sarah Goad, opened the new Red Cross centre in Woking, Surrey yesterday.
She said: “Most people think of the Red Cross’s international work in a disaster and while that’s hugely important, just as important is the work that the charity does locally here in Surrey. The volunteers cover a remarkable number of projects.”
The new centre hosts a variety of vital services, from training facilities and offices to medical equipment loan, skin camouflage and refugee services. Local people can come and learn first aid, borrow a wheelchair, trace a relative missing after a conflict or disaster, book a school speaker and much more.
At the heart of the community
John Miller, Red Cross operations director, said: “We are right at the heart of the community here in Woking; it’s where the modern Red Cross wants to be in order to be available and accessible to people in need. We’re very proud to be opening our new Woking centre. The new facilities mean that we can do even more to help vulnerable people in the local community through a wide range of services."
The Red Cross has had a strong presence in Woking since the First World War, when it was originally housed in a shed located down by the canal. Services moved to a former church building in Walton Road in the 1950’s and in 2001 the Red Cross built a new single storey building on the site, which has now developed to the facility opened yesterday.
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