A summary report from the Jersey Branch of the British Red Cross published this week has highlighted the organisation’s present wide range of activities and achievements. Considering that the branch, under the leadership of Lady Vernon, only formed in August 1914, the results to date are especially remarkable.
Among report’s highlights was a statement that in the last six months alone, over £800 has been raised through fundraising and donations. During the same period, the organisation spent just over £450 on war related causes. Among plans for future expenditure is a servicemen’s convalescent home run jointly with the St John Ambulance.
Particularly impressive has been the work of the branch’s workshop, located at 1 Beresford Street. Since the start of the year, it has manufactured over two thousand medical items for dispatch to headquarters in London and to Saint Malo for use in the military hospitals there.
The report also reveals that there are now 21 trained VAD nurses working in military hospitals overseas. Among these are five young women, Miss Maud Larbalastier, Miss Marie Larbalastier, Miss Ethel Grant, Miss Gladys Posson and Miss Florence Blisset, who are serving as far away as Egypt.