The Jersey Branch of the British Red Cross has asked for the Lieutenant Governor’s support in gaining formal recognition for its activities. The organisation is hoping to join a War Office scheme that registers Voluntary Aid Detachments, or VADs, throughout Britain and coordinates the efforts of local branches across the country.
The Jersey branch only formed in August 1914, shortly after the outbreak of war. It quickly took on numerous activities, including fundraising which has resulted in two army motor ambulances purchased and now serving in France. The branch also manufactures medical supplies and provides first aid training.
The organisation’s most important contribution has been the formation of three VADs, each with 24 members. As the direct threat to Jersey has declined, an increasing number of these trained volunteers would like the opportunity to work at military hospitals in Britain and on the Continent.
In the meantime local fundraising in support of the Red Cross continues. The latest event was a concert held at the Salvation Hall in Trinity. It featured a piano duet, singers and a popular act by comic duo the ‘Blundering Barney’.