British Red Cross

British Red Cross to end event first aid services

The British Red Cross is to end the provision of event first aid services, citing financial reasons, the charity has announced.

As of March 31, 2020, the event first aid service will cease to exist; instead, vital funds will be directed to providing emergency support at home and overseas.

Michael Adamson, chief executive of British Red Cross, said: “In recent years, we have seen increasing pressures on both our income and the demands for our assistance, which means we must prioritise how we use every pound donated to us.

“The British Red Cross has a proud history of providing first aid at events and we are extremely grateful to all our passionate and committed volunteers and staff who have dedicated so much time and energy to providing a first-class service to our clients.

“Unfortunately, our event first aid work has been running at a financial loss for some time – the service still requires £1.8 million of donations annually to cover the shortfall between income and costs – and this is diverting vital funds from our efforts to provide emergency support for major domestic and global crises.”

Adamson confirmed that the decision to end event first aid services was not one that had been taken lightly. Furthermore, the charity is aware of the impact that the decision will have on staff and volunteers.

He continued: “We have agreed a streamlined transfer process with St John Ambulance and St Andrew’s First Aid for those volunteers who wish to continue providing first aid at events with another organisation.

“Delivering first aid education and promoting first aid as a vital skill is still fundamental to the British Red Cross. Last year, we trained over 275,000 people in first aid and we will continue to provide first aid training for individuals, schools, communities and businesses.”

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