Setback for Red Cross as vehicle damaged in floods

Appeal success: The launch of the Red Cross appeal with the old emergency vehicle
Appeal success: The launch of the Red Cross appeal with the old emergency vehicle
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The delivery of a new Red Cross vehicle in Lancashire has been delayed - because the motor was damaged in floods.

The Red Cross in Lancashire was due to take delivery of the new vehicle – which will help people in emergency situations – early next month.

But the vehicle was badly damaged as a result of flooding in Middlesex, where it was coming from.

The Fire and Emergency Support Service vehicle was coming from a motorhome depot. But the depot’s vehicle compound was severely flooded over the Christmas period and 38 vehicles were so badly damaged that they were written off - including the one set to come to Lancashire.

Volunteers had launched a fund-raising drive early last year to raise £40,000 for a new vehicle.

They had anticipated it would take three years to raise the money but they had managed to not only raise the cash needed, but also exceed the target before the end of the year.

The Red Cross had had the old vehicle for 18 years and it was no longer considered fit for purpose.

It was due to host an official launch event for the new vehicle on February 6, but that has now been postponed.

Alison Whittaker-Stewart, senior community fundraiser said: “The delay of our new Fire and Emergency Support Service vehicle is unfortunate but demonstrates the knock-on effect and consequences of flooding.

“We are really looking forward to the arrival of our new vehicle, which we have been informed by the manufacturers will be replaced by the end of March, but in the meantime our existing vehicle is still running/operational and the FESS service is continuing to help people in crisis in Lancashire.”