Hundreds of people visited a Christmas fair at Bedford School which has raised more than £6,000 for the Red Cross.
Bedford Preparatory School choir sang festive songs and visitors were put in the festive mood as they browsed some of the pupils’ Red Cross inspired artwork. Jane Whitbread, Bedfordshire Red Cross president, chose her favourites in the art competition.
Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson and MP Richard Fuller were among those enjoying a variety of gift stalls selling jewellery, clothing and handmade chocolates.
All the proceeds will go towards a new emergency response vehicle which will be used locally to provide backup support to the primary emergency services.
Often responding late at night, Red Cross volunteers leap into action to help those in crisis, and are on the scene to provide practical and emotional support to those affected. It could be finding shelter for those made homeless by a house fire, or a sympathetic ear and insurance advice for those left behind traumatised by a burglary.