Local News for Friday 28th October 2016
Red Cross won’t be at island events – official.
The British Red Cross will no longer provide first aid support at events held in the Western Isles, it was confirmed yesterday. Red Cross volunteers first heard the news and contacted MP Angus MacNeil. It’s now been confirmed by the British Red Cross formally to Mr MacNeil, who said: “It is very disappointing that the British Red Cross have taken this decision without prior consultation with the Red Cross volunteers or event organisers in the Western Isles. The volunteers feel that they and the people of the Western Isles, who so generously support the Red Cross, have been treated badly. “ Mr MacNeil looked ahead to a future without Red Cross support with concern, saying: “If events go ahead without first aid there could be negative consequences. Red Cross have withdrawn this provision from a remote, isolated, rural island community, without discussion or apparent care for the consequences. Volunteers, whilst bitterly disappointed with the attitude of the British Red Cross, are nevertheless looking positively to the future. They are currently engaged in discussion with another first aid provider.”