THE Red Cross is 151 years old this year, and since its inception many hundreds of thousands of people, probably millions, have benefited from the organisation's seven fundamental principals of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
Ex p.o.w. and Second World War Veteran Alex Franks, has never forgotten how every Allied prisoner of war eagerly anticipated the arrival of precious Red Cross parcels, and Bob Jordan from the Hednesford Branch of the Staffordshire Regimental Association has sent us a brief summary of a recent presentation.
"A few weeks ago Alex Franks was accompanied by four comrades on a visit to the Red Cross regional office at Stafford, with a cheque for £3,200 that was presented to Alice Britton, a fund raising officer for the organisation.
"Bugle readers may have read in previous reports of the wonderfully successful autobiography called 'The Non Combatant', written by Alex Franks with lots of help from his friends, that has been a sell out, and a second reprint is now in production. In his book Alex emphasised the fact that without the Red Cross parcels many prisoners would have starved to death, and he has long harboured a wish to repay what he calls a debt to the Red Cross. The profits made from his book are therefore being channelled towards the Red Cross organisation, with more to come, he hopes, from the second reprint.
"Alex is a perfect gentleman and makes no personal profit from the sale of his book. If anyone is still interested in purchasing a signed copy of Alex's biography, they can call me, Bob Jordan, on 01543 425800. I would also like to ask Bugle readers if they could help me find a word processor?"