Refugee and asylum seeker support work of the British Red Cross is highlighted at awareness event

British Red Cross volunteers with Natwest bank staff and the bank's manager Carla Rhodes, second from the right.
British Red Cross volunteers with Natwest bank staff and the bank's manager Carla Rhodes, second from the right.

An awareness and fundraising day about the refugee and asylum seeker support that the British Red Cross provides in the region was staged at Clitheroe’s NatWest bank on Tuesday.

British Red Cross volunteer Chris Ebrey and his wife Jean, who works at NatWest, helped to organise the event at the York Street branch.

A display providing information about the charity was set up in the bank manned by volunteers.

Customers could enjoy coffee and cakes during the awareness day with the cakes provided by Janet Wallbank, of Quality Cakes, Longridge.

A draw was also held with a range of prizes including wine, chocolates, and three free entry tickets donated by Leaping Lizards in Clitheroe.

The other prizes were donated by Jacks of Whalley.

Miss Carla Rhodes, branch manager at NatWest, said: “The bank likes to support the local community by staging events like this.

“We are really proud to support the British Red Cross and the work it does, as well as raise money for this worthy cause which is close to many people’s hearts.”

The British Red Cross provides a diverse and varied range of services including a carers’ support service and emergency first aid.

Volunteers were also heavily involved with the aid effort during the Boxing Day floods of 2015 that affected Whalley and Billington.