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Red Cross volunteers mark Remembrance Day

11 November 2016

British Red Cross volunteers will be taking part in Remembrance Day commemorations across the country this weekend.

Twelve volunteers are taking part in the Cenotaph Parade on Sunday, including Dave Franklin, from Gloucester.

The volunteer-of-three years will lay a poppy wreath on behalf of the Red Cross in memory of members of the armed forces and civilian volunteers who have lost their lives in conflicts across the globe.

“I feel incredibly honoured to be taking part in the Remembrance Day Parade at the Cenotaph,” said Franklin.

“I have been involved in volunteering since I was a child and have memories of carrying the Scout flag at cold Remembrance Day events when I was a youngster.

“My volunteering was inspired by my grandfather and great-grandfather who were strong in their support of voluntary services during the two world wars.”

Franklin is lead-volunteer for the Red Cross emergency support service in Gloucestershire.

He has attended more than 100 incidents, providing practical and emotional support to hundreds of people.

Helping people in crisis

Volunteers continue to be at the heart of the work of the British Red Cross today.

More than 20,000 people give up their time to help communities across the country providing invaluable support, from helping people get home after a stay in hospital, to supporting emergency services during a crisis.

Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: “The British Red Cross has long had an important role to play in supporting people affected by crises in the UK and around the world.

“We continue to be as relevant now as when the Red Cross Movement was established more than 150 years ago.

“Remembrance Sunday is a time for us to come together and think about and thank all of our past and present volunteers and all those that have lost their lives in conflict.”

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