13 September 2022
British Red Cross supports those queuing for Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State
British Red Cross volunteers from across the UK will provide vital support to those queuing to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen.
Details have been published of the route that thousands of members of the public will use to queue, where over 140 British Red Cross volunteers will provide emotional and wellbeing support to the public.
Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said:
“This is a significant historical moment and we’re proud to be part of the official memorial activities for Her Majesty The Queen, who was our Patron for seven decades.
“Over 140 British Red Cross volunteers, representing every nation in the UK, will provide emotional and wellbeing support to the public while they pay their respects to The Queen and her lifetime of service over the coming days.
“Our volunteers have already supported the crowds as the cortege travelled through Scotland and our focus will now switch to London to support the huge number of people expected to visit The Queen Lying-in-State.”
Robert Colburn, British Red Cross emergency response manager for Scotland, said:
“British Red Cross volunteers and staff in Scotland have been incredibly humbled by their experience of supporting the public over the last few days, following the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.
“Our volunteers in Scotland have been proudly supporting the public and visitors. We have offered emotional and wellbeing support from Balmoral, through the entire route of the cortège and have been present throughout the vigil held at St Giles Cathedral. Our teams have been fortunate to engage and listen to the stories of those in the queue as they line up to pay their last respects to The Queen.”
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About the British Red Cross
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