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History of the Cayman Islands Red Cross

The Cayman Islands Overseas Branch of the British Red Cross was founded in 1961 by Mrs Ethel Cook-Bodden.

Created as a Committee of the British Red Cross, our initial goal was to help the small population prepare for the annual hurricane season.

Our duties expanded from building a small inventory of disaster supplies, to assisting with the care of patients in hospital, and fundraising for better health care facilities.


We have strengthened the foundations built by those pioneering volunteers and today we are a Branch of the British Red Cross, allowing us more autonomy to evolve and meet the changing needs of the most vulnerable in the country. 

However, we can still call on the support of the British Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

We now run a range of humanitarian programmes and services for the Cayman public, including:

  • first aid
  • a thrift shop
  • HIV awareness
  • disaster management.

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