30 January 2020

Press release - MPs and peers back British Red Cross after hearing from volunteers about the charity’s work and aims for 2020 at Westminster gathering

Politicians met with British Red Cross volunteers and staff at Westminster at a special parliamentary event in the organisation’s 150th year of supporting people in crisis.

MPs and peers spoke to Red Cross volunteers who routinely support people during an emergency. 

From getting people home from hospital, reuniting refugee families torn apart by conflict, supporting people who have been trafficked and exploited, equipping young people with the skills to save a life, to working with communities here and overseas when disaster strikes. 

The Red Cross know that connected communities are more able to prepare effectively for crises and recover afterwards. Building resilient communities enables the most vulnerable to be better protected in an emergency. 

At Tuesday’s event, the charity asked MPs to pledge to become part of a network of Kindness Champions. This cross-party network will see MPs and Peers able to demonstrate and spread kindness in the UK and abroad. 

Speakers at the gathering included minister Baroness Barran, British Red Cross executive director for communications and advocacy Zoë Abrams and former minister Tracey Crouch.

Zoe Abrams, director of communications and advocacy at British Red Cross, holds a Power of Kindness sign with Minister Barran and Tracey Crouch MP

From left to right: Former minister Tracey Crouch, director of communications and advocacy at British Red Cross Zoe Abrams and minister Baroness Barran

British Red Cross executive director for communications and advocacy Zoë Abrams called on MPs from all parties to work with the charity to help people in crisis. 

She said: “For 150 years, the British Red Cross has been supporting communities in the UK and around the world in times of emergency. In 2020, the climate crisis means people who are already vulnerable are now more at risk from the impact of extreme weather such as flooding or heatwaves. And today there are more people in the world who have been forced to leave their homes because of hunger, conflict and persecution than the entire population of the UK. 

“The Red Cross works across the UK and are inviting all parliamentarians, to come to see our work in their local areas.  This could be combating loneliness, supporting vulnerable people in the health and social care system, helping refugees rebuild their lives or working with emergency services and local authorities to help people deal with and recover from crisis.  Or it could be visiting their local Red Cross shop to meet and thank the volunteers who help to make our movement so powerful”.  

“We want to work together to create kinder, more resilient and more connected communities and ensure people’s basic needs are met wherever they are, enabling us all to live safer, happier and healthier lives.”

ENDS 

For further information: 

Please contact Paul Scott at paulscott@redcross.org.uk. Alternatvely you can call 0207 877 7618 or 07834 525650. 

Notes to editors: 

For over 150 years, the British Red Cross has helped people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them recover and move on with their lives. redcross.org.uk

MPs and peers back British Red Cross after hearing aims for 2020 at Westminster gathering