20 August 2014
Our emergency response volunteers have been supporting a group of 15 people who were found on board a lorry yesterday.
The group was discovered after police stopped the lorry at a service station in Somerset yesterday afternoon.
Those on board included men, women and a 15-year-old boy, who have stated they are from Eritrea and Kashmir.
Following the discovery, Avon and Somerset police called on the British Red Cross to provide practical help and emotional support to the group, who they said ‘were in quite a distressed state’.
After a health check by paramedics at the scene, the passengers were taken to a place of safety where four Red Cross volunteers were waiting. The volunteers stayed throughout the night to offer support.
Sarah Gibson, operations director, said: “Our emergency response volunteers are specially trained to deal with exactly these kinds of incidents. We are there to provide reassurance and support where we can.”
The Red Cross has also provided beds, bedding and other essential supplies – such as hygiene kits – to ensure all the group members are as comfortable as possible.
It has been a very busy week for the Red Cross support in UK emergencies service.
At the weekend, we helped 35 Afghan Sikh immigrants found in a shipping container in Essex, and on Tuesday we supported passengers caught in a coach crash on the M5 motorway.