Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Trumpet Voluntary; Your Say

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Trumpet Voluntary; Your Say

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THE recent snow had a massive impact from Cornwall to the north of Scotland, placing huge demands on the emergency services.

We should all be incredibly proud of the way these vital services continued to operate, getting help to those most in need in the face of dangerous conditions.

The British Red Cross and other voluntary organisations have also had a role to play in ensuring these lifelines have continued. With emergency services stretched across Britain, our volunteers, equipped with four-wheeldrive Land Rovers, came into their own. Working tirelessly to support the emergency services and ensure help gets through to those to those in need, their courage and dedication should be saluted.

Time and again they have shown that dedicated, trained volunteers can play a vital role in responding to emergencies.

In the UK, the Red Cross has tens of thousands of volunteers skilled in fields as diverse as first-aid, practical and emotional support, and the co-ordination of emergency support. Particularly in light of current pressures on public spending, we urge that the Government and future governments commit themselves to continuing to harness and support voluntary organisations to ensure the help we provide can continue.

SIR NICK YOUNG, Chief Executive, British Red Cross ROYAL Mail should be rewarding their delivery staff and not driving them to strike action. Over the last few weeks they have turned out early in freezing, dreadful weather to make deliveries. I am sure Adam Crozier would never do it.

Come on Royal Mail, pay them their true worth. MARGARET KNAGGS, Guisborough THE people who work for Redcar &Cleveland Council, particularly the Highways Agency, have come in for a lot of grief over the course of the big freeze and I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank them all for doing such a great job in keeping the roads as safe as they can with the limited resources they have.

I know one of the lads who works on the gritters and he hadn''t had a day off since the snow began before Christmas. …

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