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Red Cross volunteers recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

14 June 2016

Three British Red Cross volunteers have been recognised for their service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Ian and Gwen McMichan from Merseyside have been awarded British Empire Medals for voluntary service to first aid in Merseyside through the Red Cross.

Flora Walker has been awarded an MBE for voluntary service to first aid, skin camouflage and fundraising through the Red Cross.  

Ian and Gwen McMichan

Ian and Gwen are both trained ambulance crew who have provided voluntary first aid with the Red Cross at hundreds of public events around the UK for 31 years.

They also run the Red Cross centre in Crosby where they have trained hundreds of people in life-saving skills and raised thousands of pounds for the organisation.

In addition to volunteering, Ian and Gwen work full time for British Red Cross Training.

The pair – who met as teenagers and have been married 39 years - have saved several peoples’ lives over the years.

They also supported families in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, and were present at the Aintree Grand National in 1997 when the ground had to be evacuated due to an IRA bomb threat.

Talking about their experience with the Red Cross Ian said:

“I do still get emotional when I think of some of the things that we have done while volunteering.

“To know that you have actually saved someone’s life – you can get up in the morning and it doesn’t matter what the world throws at you.

Gwen added: 

“Both of us live and breathe the Red Cross, it’s a fantastic organisation and we have made some very close friends through it.

When asked how they felt about receiving an award from the Queen, Ian said:

“The award came as a complete surprise and I feel very humbled.

“The Red Cross are a wonderful bunch of people and in the team we work with there are colleagues equally qualified and dedicated.”

Flora Margaret Walker

Flora has dedicated 42 years of her life to many different areas of the Red Cross.

She started off as a volunteer first aider where her enthusiasm and commitment led to her being asked to train others.

Despite the demands of a busy family business and her own large extended family, Flora expanded her voluntary activities becoming a skin camouflage volunteer. In this role she helped people deal with life-affecting scarring or skin issues.

Flora was also an active member of our emergency response team, which included helping Kosovan Refugees.

As natural leader, Flora was invited to become a Red Cross President for our Lothian branch in Scotland.

In this role, Flora has helped raised in excess of £600,000 for the Red Cross.

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