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CodeNA10215
Person NameSelkirkshire Branch of the British Red Cross Society
ActivitySelkirkshire Branch of the British Red Cross Society has been active since at least the Second World War and is still active.The British Red Cross cares for people in crisis in local communities throughout the British Isles and overseas as part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The founding charter of the Red Cross was drawn up in 1863, inspired by a Swiss businessman, Henry Dunant. He was shocked at the suffering of thousands who died after the Battle of Solferino in 1859. He proposed the creation of national relief societies of trained volunteers, and the adoption of an international agreement which became the basis of the Geneva Convention (1864), which would recognise the status of medical services and the wounded. The British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded in War was formed in 1870, and in 1905 was reconstituted as the British Red Cross Society and granted its first Royal Charter by Queen Alexandra, who became President of the Society.
Corporate NameSelkirkshire Branch of the British Red Cross Society
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