Last year the UK experienced one of the most devastating periods in recent history, with terror attacks in both London and Manchester as well as the tragic Grenfell Tower fire leaving the nation in mourning.
But amid the sadness, destruction and loss of life, more than 1,000 British Red Cross volunteers were working alongside emergency services to offer support and solidarity to local communities. They provided first aid; gave emotional and practical support at rest centres; helped people who were bereaved or searching for missing loved ones; managed a 24-hour support line; and sorted through tons of items generously donated by the public.
Ahead of Red Cross Week (6-12 May), renowned photographer Rankin has captured some of the remarkable volunteers in a new series, celebrating those who’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty to help others.
The series features people like Laszlo Kelemen, 33, an intensive care practitioner from London, who started volunteering with the charity in his home country of Romania when he was just 15 years old. Last year Laszlo was part of the charity’s response to the London Bridge attack, Grenfell Tower fire and Finsbury Park attack, providing psychosocial support to those affected.