5 October 2009
BRCThe British Red Cross was out in full force to make sure runners at yesterday's Asics Liverpool 10K run at Sefton Park were safe.
Sixteen Red Cross first aid volunteers, two ambulances, two responder bikes, one first responder car and a new radio-equipped command and control vehicle were on hand to provide care and support for the 2,500 runners taking part.
The Red Cross’ radio-equipped command vehicle was purchased with funds donated by the Gwyneth Forrester Trust. Trustees visited the Sefton Park event to witness the vehicle helping first aiders care for injured runners.
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Angela Hughes, trustee for the Gwyneth Forrester Trust, said: “We were delighted to be able to see the command vehicle in action and most impressed with the range of equipment and facilities available. We heard from the Red Cross how the vehicle had transformed its ability to provide essential services at events such as the Liverpool 10K run. This is clearly a vital resource for major events across the whole of the north-west region and essential in the event of any unplanned emergency. We are delighted that the funds have been put to such good use.”
Christiane Ambler, district services manager for the Red Cross, said: “We are very grateful to the Gwyneth Forrester Trust for enabling the Red Cross to purchase the command and control vehicle. The vehicle provides invaluable support to first aiders caring for injured people in the field.
“Our ability to provide the high level of care that is expected from the Red Cross depends upon the generosity of our supporters and the commitment of our volunteers and staff. We are as ever enormously grateful.”
The Gwyneth Forrester Trust supports a specific charitable sector each year and makes grants to both national and international charitable institutions. In 2008 they chose to support emergency services and the trust contacted the Red Cross to discuss specific projects which needed support. One of the main UK projects requiring funding was the North-West Emergency Response Appeal and the trustees gave a grant of £75,000 towards the command and control vehicle for the north-west.
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