Volunteers from the Montserrat Branch of the British Red Cross

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Circa 1960s

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Potograph of volunteers from the Montserrat Branch of the British Red Cross stood in front of a Red Cross ambulance.
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The Montserrat Red Cross was established in 1948 as an overseas branch of the British Red Cross. The early activities of the Montserrat Red Cross included welfare services and undertaking hospital visits. The Red Cross subsequently operated the only ambulance on the island and set up blood donation activities, and later established services for people with disabilities. The Montserrat Red Cross was very active in response to the volcanic crisis of the mid-1990s.

Montserrat is still a branch of the British Red Cross today. Other Caribbean overseas branches of the British Red Cross include Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Why do we have overseas branches?
Our fundamental principle- unity- means that there can only be one national Red Cross or Red Crescent society in one state. The Society must also be open to all and it must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its country’s territory.

Today, Britain has 14 overseas territories and the British Red Cross has overseas branches in nine of these territories. These branches cover a wide range of Red Cross activities depending on local needs, including disaster management, community health support and first aid.
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