Prince Charles: "No more inspiring example than the British Red Cross."

HRH, the Prince of Wales, has recorded a thank you video to all the British Red Cross staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly throughout the world's biggest healthcare crisis. 

Last updated 19 April 2023

In just two years, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the world. For many people, it has brought profound loneliness, grief, isolation and hardship.

But an army of British Red Cross staff and volunteers has been there every step of the way, working tirelessly to provide practical help and emotional support to thousands of people across the country and those who have fled conflict abroad. 

To mark these incredible efforts, HRH, the Prince of Wales, has recorded a thank you video for all British Red Cross staff and volunteers.

Watch the Prince of Wales' thank you speech.

"Ladies and gentlemen, as the Christmas session approaches, and the end of a second year of extraordinary challenge, I just wanted to take this opportunity to express my profound appreciation to everyone at the British Red Cross."

Duration of video: 1 min

"Over the last 12 months, my wife and I have been touched beyond words by the countless examples of sacrifice and service, which we've seen across our society, where people of all backgrounds and all beliefs have committed themselves in the most inspiring way to the welfare of others.

"From the public authorities who have worked at full stretch to keep society safe, to the scientists who have worked miracles to counter the virus threat to the health workers who have laboured all hours and in all conditions, in order to bring healing and comfort to all affected, and to all those who give their time to charity.

"This has been a story of dedication and determination, which calls for the most heartfelt gratitude.

"Throughout this period, there has been no more inspiring example than that of the work of the British Red Cross, which has been on the frontline of our response to helping those affected by the pandemic in this country, and those seeking refuge from conflict elsewhere.

"After so much unnerving disruption and uncertainty, it is natural that we all look to the Christmas season, as a time of respite and can recharge the batteries depleted by the demands of past months.

"But I know that for many of you, as with countless people in numerous areas of our national life, you will be hard at work, so that others can rest.

"This vital work will be out of sight. But it must not be out of mind. You deserve our greatest admiration. There could hardly be a clearer example of the spirit of this special season, a spirit which has shown itself so clearly in the year we have lived through, which I know and trust will sustain us in the year to come.

"I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed and Happy New Year."

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