Iain Duncan Smith MP for Chingford & Woodford Green joined the British Red Cross backing the work of the organisation, and thanking volunteers for their work.
British Red Cross responds to an emergency every four hours in the UK - from fires, to extreme weather conditions and flooding, to national emergencies including acts of terror. A total of 1566 volunteers from London gave up their time for the organisation this year. In 2017 the British Red Cross experienced one of its busiest years in the UK since WWII, assisting 9,265 people in more than 1,500 emergencies across the UK in 2017
Iain Duncan Smith MP attended a Parliamentary reception organised by the charity at the House of Commons to meet with volunteers and staff and hear about their experiences of being deployed to incidents such as the Grenfell Tower fire, and the London Bridge and Manchester Arena terror attacks.
Volunteers from across British Red Cross services; from those getting patients in and out of hospitals to those supporting refugees and others dealing with the impact of loneliness in their communities attended the reception. Volunteers spoke about their reasons for giving up their time to support the British Red Cross.
The organisation is calling on the public for more support, why not find out more by visiting https://www.redcross.org.uk/