27 March 2018

Press release - British Red Cross responds to Kerslake Report on Manchester attack

In response to the Kerslake Report today. 

Mike Adamson, Chief Executive, British Red Cross:

“Today’s Kerslake Report recognises the important role the voluntary sector played in the emergency response to the Manchester attack. While this incident brought tragedy to so many people, it also saw remarkable acts of kindness. It is this national desire to help people in crisis that the voluntary sector can and should harness, to build prepared and resilient communities for the future.

“Immediately after the attack, the British Red Cross deployed volunteers to support those affected.  In addition, in conjunction with Manchester City Council and Manchester Evening News we launched the We Love Manchester Fund, which raised almost £21 million and made its first payments a week later. The Red Cross UK Solidarity Fund now ensures there is a permanent fund available for victims of terror attacks in the UK.

“As the British Red Cross we have expertise in psychosocial support and want to play our part in further strengthening emotional support to people in crisis. It is also recognised that an agreed criteria for psychological injury is essential, so that people receive the financial and emotional support they need. Our sector appreciates that a single telephone support line would be easier for families to navigate and we are exploring how we can collaborate with other organisations to deliver this.

“All of those who were involved in the response at Manchester will have learnt lessons from last year.  As a nation we need a critical mass of people who are able to respond in a crisis and as the British Red Cross we are nationally rolling out Community Reserve Volunteers, a new role to enable those who want to help in their own community when an emergency happens. Additionally, alongside other charities we are advocating for first aid to be part of the compulsory school curriculum, so everyone has the knowledge and willingness to conduct first aid in an emergency.”