From caring for the vulnerable elderly to helping paramedics, it’s all in an evening’s work for Red Cross volunteer Theresa Palin.
The mum-of-two helps the organisation on key nights throughout the year, when people are most likely to need help in the centre of Preston.
I dealt with a vulnerable adult man who had had quite a lot to drink and had injured himself, but he had other problems.
Now the selfless volunteer has been nominated by police for special recognition from Preston Council, for her work on the “Mad Friday” before Christmas.
Theresa, who works in the Town Hall, was honoured by the Mayor of Preston for her achievements. She said: “I’ve been interested in first aid for a long time, and with joining the Red Cross I wanted to be more pro active.”
Theresa, who lives in Lostock Hall, took part in the “night safe” on December 19.
She said: “We were very busy that night.
“I dealt with a vulnerable adult man who had had quite a lot to drink and had injured himself, but he had other problems. We referred him to hospital because we felt he needed care.”
Theresa said she helped four people in one evening.
She said: “I dealt with a young man who couldn’t walk.
“The taxi wouldn’t take him home so I took him back to our building and it transpired he had bone cancer and, although he was in remission, the chemotherapy had affected his bones which is why he couldn’t walk. He was drunk but he was compos mentis, but he couldn’t hold his legs up.
“There was also a fractured ankle that I dealt with – the ambulance took about 20 minutes so we had to reassure him.
“That’s what we do, we take the pressure off the ambulance service by providing this service in the town centre.”