13 October 2009
BRCThe new local headquarters of the British Red Cross in Northern Ireland was officially opened on 13 October 2009 by the Lord-Lieutenant for Belfast, Dame Mary Peters, in the presence of British Red Cross Chairman James Cochrane, the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Naomi Long, and other locally elected representatives and partners from the public and private sectors.
The official opening of the new Red Cross premises in Belfast's Harbour Estate was also the occasion for the launch of its Impact Report which highlights how the Red Cross helped thousands of people in Northern Ireland in 2008 through its emergency response and first aid teams, humanitarian education programmes in schools, refugee services and a range of health and social care services.
Fact and figures from the Impact Report include:
- 2000 items of medical equipment were loaned providing mobility for those who would otherwise not have been able to attend doctors or hospital appointments.
- Red Cross transport and escort service volunteers made 410 journeys escorting the elderly and those battling illness to doctors and other important appointments.
- 3000 people benefited from the organisation's therapeutic care service.
- In Derry the Red Cross delivered over 12,000 meals on wheels to vulnerable people living in the community.
The charity is also one of Northern Ireland’s leading providers of first aid and last year the organisation had an essential life-saving presence at nearly 400 events, from football matches to the North West 200.
At the same time, the Red Cross trained over 3500 people in first aid and extended its reach to 500 vulnerable individuals and groups who had previously had limited access to vital life saving skills.
For a copy of the Red Cross Impact Report for Northern Ireland please call 0207 877 7246.
Find out about Red Cross services in Northern Ireland.