Red Cross’ big boost from £50,000 bequest

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A LEGACY has helped to pay for the extension of a Red Cross centre.

The newly-expanded Hayling Island centre in Elm Grove was made possible thanks to the generosity of Irene Day.

Mrs Day, from Hayling, died aged 89 in 2008 leaving more than £1m to 16 small charities and good causes in the area. The centre was left £50,000.

It is run by volunteers and offers a variety of services including community services, first aid at public events, first aid training including public training, fundraising, therapeutic care and loans of medical equipment.

Centre organiser and Hayling Island resident Tony Lamberti said: ‘This is a great boost for the area and means that we can care for more people made vulnerable by crisis in the Hayling area and train even more potential life savers with first aid skills.

‘It’s run by volunteers and we are always looking for more to join our active team.’

At the opening, on July 3, volunteers will be joined by Red Cross Hampshire president Lord Portsmouth, chairman of the Red Cross Hampshire Volunteers Council Alan House, Red Cross UK director Liz Page and Red Cross operations director for Hampshire Colin Brown.

If you are interested in volunteering at the centre or would like more information about services call 01962 891663 or email HiOWSVolunteerAdmin@redcross.org.uk.

Go to redcross.org.uk