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Volunteers provide support as Tunisia victims are repatriated

3 July 2015

British Red Cross volunteers will provide emotional support to families as their loved ones’ bodies are repatriated from Tunisia to the UK.

The volunteers are part of the same team that has been in Tunisia supporting Britons directly affected by the attacks.

Hundreds of people are expected to gather at RAF Brize Norton to show solidarity for the victims and their families, as they are repatriated. 

Red Cross volunteers will provide first aid cover and emotional support to members of the public during this time.

We have also set up a support line for anyone affected by the attacks. The number to call is 0203 417 0260 from 8am to 8pm. The dedicated telephone line, commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will offer practical advice and emotional support to anyone affected.

Pam Baggaley, from emergency response at the Red Cross says:

“This was a terrible event which has been very shocking and distressing for people both at the resort, and family and friends back home. Our trained volunteers are in Tunisia working with people there while our volunteers here in the UK will support the families as their loved-ones are repatriated.

“We also hope to reach many more through our support line, which we hope will provide additional help to people who may need to talk about their concerns or get further advice.

“Obviously an event of this magnitude touches not only those who are directly involved but others who may empathise with those affected and so we’re expecting large numbers of people to gather at RAF Brize Norton to show support.

“Because it is anticipated people may become upset or unwell, partly because of the hot weather, a group of volunteers will support members of the public

Our volunteers are trained in first aid and also in providing emotional support and will also carry with them practical necessities such as bottles of water, to ensure people attending are cared for.”

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