Shadow Chancellor George Osborne thanks Red Cross volunteers for support this winter
The Shadow Chancellor and Tatton MP, George Osborne visited the British Red Cross staff and volunteers at the Red Cross’s Cheshire office on Northwhich road earlier today to give thanks to volunteers who braved the snow and ice to provide extra support for vulnerable people across the county.
Thanks to the Red Cross 4×4 Land Rover ambulance and the 4X4 Land Rover Defender, Red Cross staff and volunteers have been able to continue to support vulnerable people through their emergency response and care in the home services with minimal disruption.
Sue Wreglesworth, senior service manager, British Red Cross Cheshire: “Our dedicated staff volunteers have been amazing during these conditions and have pulled together to contact over 1,000 vulnerable service users throughout East and West Cheshire to make sure they are OK and to find out if they need any support whether it is shelter, warmth or food.”
The Red Cross runs the care in the home service under the umbrellas of Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester Social Services. Red Cross staff are also continuing to transport people from hospital to their homes as part of the patient transfer service, an out of hours contract service, which runs from Leighton Hospital. The service is funded by Central and Eastern Primary Care Trust.
George Osborne: “I think it is fantastic that the Red Cross staff and volunteers have stepped in to support vulnerable people in Cheshire during this harsh winter. I have thanked them personally for doing such a great job to assist local communities, whatever the weather or conditions.”
Red Cross emergency teams have mounted a huge response across the country, supporting ambulance services in Greater Manchester, Scotland, Worcester, Shropshire and Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire.
The Red Cross are always looking for volunteers. To volunteer or find out more about services in the Cheshire area please visit www.redcross.org.uk/nearyou