Buxton Tours encourages people to give to the Red Cross

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Discover Buxton Tours are the latest company to refuse to ignore people in crisis during Red Cross Week, the British Red Cross’ annual fundraising initiative. From 5 – 11 May, visitors to the unique “Victorian Tram” are being given the chance to donate to the Red Cross while taking a tour of the town’s unique historic and architectural gems.

Discover Buxton Tours take visitors on a journey to showcase some of Buxton’s most famous attractions including the Devonshire Dome and the Opera House on board their unique ‘Wonder of the Peak’ – a milk float which has now been converted into a “Victorian Tram”.

Red Cross Week 2013 runs from 5 – 11 May and the charity are asking the public to refuse to ignore people in crisis by donating just one pound, or as much as they can afford, so that no one need face a crisis alone.

Local Red Cross fundraiser Alex Gadsby said: “Public donations enable the Red Cross to provide practical support and reassurance for vulnerable people, whoever and wherever they are. This Red Cross Week, please help us reach our target of raising £1million by donating. We’re delighted to have the support of Discover Buxton Tours whose fantastic tourist attraction is certainly one of our more unique venues for collecting donations! If you’re taking a tour on the Tram, please give us a pound and get your friends to do the same – the money we raise on board will mean we can continue refusing to ignore people in crisis in the UK and overseas.”

Conductor of the Wonder of the Peak, Netta Christie, said: “When my mother became ill we needed a wheelchair and a local lady suggested The Red Cross, I had no idea that they provide short term loans of medical equipment and it was much appreciated. It seems such a small thing when compared to some of the huge humanitarian aid they give but the effect was the same it helped and made a difference. I hope that our passengers will support those in crisis wherever they may be.”

Last year, Red Cross volunteers raised over £950,000 during Red Cross Week and the money was used to support vital work in the UK and overseas, providing unconditional care for vulnerable people in crisis. We helped the victims of the Hurricane Sandy, the Syrian conflict and the East Africa food crisis, as well as people in the UK who were stranded in the snow, recovering from a hospital stay or searching for lost loved ones. We trained thousands to save lives through first aid and educated young people about humanitarian issues.

For more information about Discover Buxton Tours, please visit www.discoverbuxton.co.uk and for details about Red Cross Week please go to www.redcross.org.uk/redcrossweek.