An appeal to raise £35,000 for a new Red Cross vehicle in Lancashire has been launched.
The organisation runs a Fire and Emergency Support Service vehicle in the county, but the current vehicle is 18 years old and is no longer as reliable or efficient as needed.
Alison Whittaker-Stewart, senior community fundraiser in Lancashire for the British Red Cross, said: “Our Fire and Emergency Support Service vehicle and volunteers respond, on the request of the emergency services, to house fires, floods, power cuts, gas explosions and much more across the whole of Lancashire.
“Our vehicle provides a shelter and safe, private place for people who, for example, may have been left standing on their lawn in their night clothes in the middle of the night having watched their home being ravaged by flames, or whose homes have been flooded and have no where to go.
“We can supply families with a small hygiene kit and a spare change of clothes, we are able to give them a warm drink and warm a bottle for a baby.
“Our volunteers also offer advice and assistance on what to do next and we provide a shoulder to cry on too.”
She added: “The emergency services may have to leave to be ready for their next job, but we don’t leave until we know the family is safe and has somewhere to stay.
“If needs be we’ll transport them to alternative accommodation or take them to a relative’s or friend’s house.”
The charity is calling on volunteers and supporters of its work to rally behind its call to raise funds to replace the much needed vehicle.
To donate to the appeal contact the British Red Cross office in Preston on 01772 707 300 or alternatively send donations to the office in Pittman Court, Pittman Way, Preston, PR2 9ZG.