Dr Debbie Lamont, who is a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff School of Technologies, was awarded the prestigious award for her contribution on the frontline at the Grenfell Tower Fire last June. Debbie was one of the experienced volunteers from the British Red Cross Emergency Response team who helped coordinate a 24-hour relief effort providing support to the bereaved, injured and homeless.
The Henry Dunant Medal is the highest honour the Red Cross movement can give one of its members and recognises and rewards the extraordinary effort and dedication of staff and volunteers who go to exceptional lengths to show kindness and compassion to people facing some of the most difficult times in their lives.
Speaking about the award, Dr Debbie Lamont, said: “I am honoured to have received the Henry Dunant medal. I began volunteering for the Red Cross three years ago. As soon as I learned of the Red Cross’ involvement at Grenfell Tower, I immediately volunteered. One of my passions in life is to help those in need and in crisis, which is why I joined the Red Cross, so to be recognised for my efforts means the world to me.”
The Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent presents five of the Henry Dunant Medals every two years. This body represents the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the various National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.