Give it a go and support the Red Cross

Red Cross volunteer Luke Godfrey helps people live independently at home. Picture: Graham Tonks/ UNP
Red Cross volunteer Luke Godfrey helps people live independently at home. Picture: Graham Tonks/ UNP

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Carers Council chairman Ken Ebbens writes about The British Red Cross and its search for Great South Run fundraisers

Fancy a run to help a really great charity, one familiar to all but always needing funding for what they provide to very vulnerable people?

The British Red Cross (BRC) based in Portsmouth provides several services to people facing a personal crisis in the area.

Whether they have broken a limb or suffered from an illness, the Red Cross is there to help when they come home from hospital, helping these people regain their independence at home, reducing the risk of a quick return to hospital thus avoiding bed blocking.

An example of this is one lady from Southsea who unfortunately had to spend a month in hospital following a major heart operation.

After being discharged, she initially stayed with her daughter for a while, but, fiercely independent, was keen to return home and start looking after herself again as soon as possible.

With the help of Luke Godfrey from the support at home service at the BRC, she was soon out and about again, brightening up the local community with her new found confidence and independence.

The wheelchair loan service is also extremely popular; not only for those leaving QA hospital, but also in the summer months when Portsmouth is visited by many holidaymakers who have a need to borrow a wheelchair.

The BRC is struggling to cope with the high demand for the mobility aid service and requires much-needed funds to buy more wheelchairs.

The BRC are looking for people who already have a place in the Great South Run on October 25 to raise money for them to continue to provide these much-needed services for the local residents of Portsmouth.

Alternatively, if you do not have a place you can register to run in the Great South Run at and then choose to raise money for BRC.

Joining the BRC team also gives you benefits such as a professional training plan and nutritional tips from Nuffield Health, including a support seminar and a five-day guest pass to Nuffield Health gym, not forgetting the coveted BRC t-shirt!

BRC will be behind you, every step of the way with your fundraising and on the day. For more information or to join the team contact Paul Salmon at or or ring (023) 9289 4205.

For more information on the British Red Cross please visit

Go on, give it a go!!