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George Osborne thanks volunteers for winter support

19 January 2010

Tatton MP George Osborne and Red Cross Volunteer Patricia Watts© InfoGeorge Osborne, MP for Tatton, visited the Red Cross office in Knutsford on Friday 15 January to thank volunteers and staff who braved the snow and ice to support vulnerable people this winter.

Equipped with two Land Rover 4x4 emergency vehicles, Red Cross staff and volunteers have continued to support vulnerable people with emergency response and care in the home services throughout the cold snap with minimal disruption.

Sue Wreglesworth, senior service manager, said: “Our dedicated staff and volunteers have been amazing during these conditions. They have pulled together to contact over 1,000 vulnerable service users throughout Cheshire to make sure they are well and find out if they need any extra support  - whether it is shelter, warmth or food.”

Supporting vulnerable people

George Osborne, MP said: “I think it is fantastic that the Red Cross staff and volunteers have stepped in to support vulnerable people in Cheshire during this harsh winter.  I have thanked them personally for doing such a great job to assist local communities, whatever the weather or conditions.”

Volunteer Pat Watts presented George Osborne with a copy of the Red Cross’ new Saving lives, Changing Lives corporate strategy. The new strategy sets out the Red Cross’ ambitions and priorities over the next five years to ensure that more people get the help they need in a crisis.

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