Helen Frett, former director of the British Virgin Islands Red Cross
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In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever seen in the Atlantic, Helen was part of the Red Cross team that sprang into action to help people.
“The Land Rover was the only vehicle that could travel on the rough roads right after the hurricane with all the debris. Four Red Cross volunteers were out assisting people, providing first aid, and transporting people to hospital and shelters.
One woman became paralysed after falling from a two-storey building. Volunteers drove the Land Rover part of the way and then walked a long distance to reach her.
We gave the essential items we had left to people whose food and homes had been blown away by the hurricane.”
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