Hatfield teaching assistant hailed top British Red Cross volunteer

PUBLISHED: 06:25 28 April 2016

Gail Richards is a volunteer responder with the British Red Cross

Gail Richards is a volunteer responder with the British Red Cross


A teaching assistant has been hailed a ‘top volunteer responder’ for the British Red Cross.

Gail Richards, who works at Howe Dell Primary School in Hatfield, has been given the title just two years after she joined the Red Cross emergency response team as a volunteer.

Gail, 46, signed up in September 2013 and since then has attended more emergency call outs than any other volunteer, helping people cope with emergencies such as fires and evacuations across the county and around the clock.

Gail said: “I was looking for a new challenge and wanted to find a way to help people here in the local community.

“One day I might be supporting people who have lost everything in a house fire, or setting up a rest centre for families evacuated from their houses due to flooding or a gas explosion.

“I remember sitting on a pavement singing nursery rhymes to two children whilst their parents were interviewed by the fire investigation officer after a particularly devastating fire in Hatfield.”

Rachel Kirvan, service manager for emergency response in Herts, said: “Gail is a huge asset to our team.”

“We’d love to hear from new people who’d be interested in volunteering with us.”

Applications are welcomed from people of all backgrounds over the age of 18.

To find out more, please get in touch on BHEER@redcross.org.uk or look on the Red Cross website.

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