The British Red Cross recently celebrated an enormous milestone, with Tuesday 4th August marking 150 years to the day a resolution was passed at a public meeting in London to form an organisation “for aiding sick and wounded soldiers in time of war.”
First established a few weeks after the outbreak of war between France and Prussia, the organisation was named the British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded in War, and was later renamed as the charity we know today, British Red Cross.
A Royal Tribute
To celebrate the organisation’s outstanding work, the Queen—a patron of the organisation for 65 years— led the Royal Family in paying tribute to the British Red Cross, describing the charity’s work as “valued and greatly appreciated.”
Prince Charles commented “The British Red Cross has for 150 years shown just how powerful kindness can be,” and went on to praise the extraordinary dedication of volunteers, whose “conspicuous humanity in times of crisis offers and inspiration to us all.”
The Duchess of Cambridge remembered the thousands of British Red Cross volunteers who “contributed tirelessly” to the charity’s work, including her grandmother, Valerie Middleton, and her great grandmother, Olive Middleton, who served in the First World War and Second World War. Catherine said:
“I have been deeply moved by the work you and have continued to do throughout the coronavirus pandemic. You have all been doing an inspiring job supporting vulnerable people.”
First Aid and Covid-19
Red Cross helpers have played a key role in the coronavirus pandemic, including driving people to hospital and taking food to those who are shielding.
The organisation itself has also spoken out about the challenges of people performing first aid during this difficult time. As we are all being encouraged to social distance, it’s understandable that people may feel unsure about stepping forward and helping people, as they’re worried about the risks of social contact.
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