Finsbury Park Red Cross volunteer takes part in Cenotaph parade to mark centenary of First World War armistice


A British Red Cross volunteer from North London was one of those who honoured the fallen of the First World War at the National Service of Remembrance parade commemorating the centenary of the end of the 1914-18 conflict.

Gemma Blakey, 31, of Finsbury Park, formed part of the civilian services contingent at the event in Whitehall, London, on Sunday, November 11.

She was representing the British Red Cross in London, where she has been an emergency response volunteer for five years. Last year she was part of the charity’s responses to the Grenfell Tower fire and the Finsbury Park Mosque attack.

During the First World War, 90,000 people volunteered for the British Red Cross as Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) in auxiliary hospitals at home and overseas.

Hermione was one of just eight representatives of the organisation to form part of the civilian services contingent and paraded alongside representatives from the police, fire service, ambulance service, prison service and St John’s Ambulance.

They were joined at the Cenotaph by representatives of the armed forces.