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British Red Cross supporting lorry drivers stuck after Eurotunnel strikes

2 July 2015

Lorries in a traffic jam

The British Red Cross has been supporting lorry drivers stuck on the M20 in Kent, following industrial strikes in France which have closed the Eurotunnel. 

With temperatures in the South reaching 35 degrees, there have been concerns for the drivers’ welfare.

On Tuesday, strikers set fire to tyres in the tunnel forcing it to close. This caused severe traffic jams along the M20 and surrounding areas.

Following calls for support from Kent County Council, the British Red Cross has been providing food and water for lorry drivers. Over 19 Red Cross volunteers and three members of staff have so far been involved. 

On Wednesday evening, we provided food for over 200 people. 

Support is expected to continue today, with volunteers on standby to provide additional assistance if needed.

Food, water and other essential supplies are being funded by Tesco, through their partnership with the Red Cross, and additional funding supplied by Kent County Council. 

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