Phillip was nominated for a Welsh Volunteer of the Year Award by a colleague at the British Red Cross. He volunteers on the Emergency Response Team, vital to helping people in emergency situations like the flooding in 2012 that led to thousands of people being evacuated from their homes. Here is what she had to say:
Within the UK emergencies can strike at anytime and anywhere. The British Red Cross can be there to give support to anyone affected. We provide the people, equipment, space and resources to support those affected by an emergency, helping them to recover.
We can give support when emergencies happen to individuals and families; to local communities; regionally and across the UK. The British Red Cross has thousands of trained emergency response volunteers across the UK, ready to provide practical and emotional support at a moment’s notice. For example, our volunteers can set up rest centres for those having to leave their homes for safety because of flooding, fire or bad weather. Our volunteers are backed by a fleet of 4x4 vehicles, ready to tackle the toughest conditions.
Philip Potter is a key member of the British Red Cross’ Emergency Response Team in North Wales. Over the last 5 months he has proved invaluable in allowing us as an organisation to help potentially thousands of people.