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01 May 2013

Jersey Post honours the Red Cross


 Six stamps and a Miniature Sheet will be issued by Jersey Post to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Company will also donate a percentage of its philatelic sales of this issue to the British Red Cross to help them raise funds to purchase an emergency support vehicle for the island.


The stamps will be released on the eve of the anniversary of Jersey’s Liberation from Nazi Occupation in 1945 and this year, 9 May will mark the end of a charity cycle event, ‘Bad Wurzach and Back’, organised by the Red Cross in Jersey to raise funds for the emergency support vehicle. The timing also coincides with Red Cross Week (May 5-11), the charity’s annual fundraising extravaganza.


The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is neutral and impartial and provides protection and assistance to people affected by disasters and conflicts. The date 8 May 2013 is officially World Red Cross Day and May 8 is the birthday of its founder, Henry Dunant.


With regards to the stamp issue, Jersey Post’s Philatelic Product Manager, Mrs Melanie Gouzinis explains: “The stamps have been illustrated to reflect some of the different aspects of work undertaken by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement around the globe and have been given the following titles:


Tracing and messaging | Red Cross staff & volunteers | Water, shelter and food

First Aid training |Emergency response | Protecting people in armed conflict


During the Occupation of Jersey from 1940-1945, islanders experienced first-hand the life-saving efforts of the Red Cross and the stamp subjects were as relevant then as they are today. The stamps are presented in sheets of ten, each one with a different border illustrated according to Jersey’s own association with the Red Cross.”


During the Occupation of Jersey, the Red Cross postal message system kept Channel Islanders in touch with their relatives and the Red Cross ship ss Vega delivered food parcels packed in Canada and New Zealand which were provided from the British Commonwealth stores at Lisbon. Following the Allied Invasion of Normandy, supplies to the Island were cut off and the situation was becoming desperate so many lives were saved. The arrival of the ss Vega into the harbour at St Helier has been illustrated on the Miniature Sheet.


Nick Chandler, operations manager for the Red Cross in the Channel Islands, says: “We are delighted Jersey Post has chosen to honour the Red Cross with this beautiful set of stamps highlighting the important work we do in the UK and around the world helping people in crisis. Importantly the stamps highlight the significance of the ss Vega to the islands during the Occupation. This is a fitting way to commemorate the loyal and heartfelt support we always receive from the people of Jersey and we are also hugely appreciative of the fact that Jersey Post is donating a portion of its philatelic sales to our Bad Wurzach and Back cycle challenge.”


The stamps, First Day Covers and Presentation Packs, have been painted by stamp artist Nick Shewring and all products are available to view and order online at





If you require any further information please contact Melanie Gouzinis,

Philatelic Product Manager on 616593 (8am-2pm) or email



Notes to Editors:


The six stamps are Non-Value Indicators, ie instead of tariffs, words are used to denote the appropriate usage of the individual stamps.


Further descriptions as follows:


Ø  Local Letter: Tracing and messaging – The Red Cross works across its global network to reunite families who have been separated by conflict, disaster or migration.


Ø  UK Letter: Red Cross staff & volunteers – Hundreds of thousands of people in crisis are helped every year by Red Cross volunteers who work to save lives, raise funds and deliver vital services.


Ø  Europe: Water, shelter and food – The Red Cross brings help to vulnerable communities, many recovering from conflict and disaster, and supports health and sanitation programmes around the world.


Ø  Local Large: First Aid training – First Aid courses are offered to the public and teams of trained Red Cross first aiders provide support at public events across the UK.


Ø  International: Emergency response – Emergency response units are on call 24/7 ready to distribute relief items and provide shelter, water and sanitation facilities to those affected by natural disasters or armed conflict. Our stamp shows an emergency medical helicopter of the South African Red Cross.


Ø  UK Large: Protecting people in armed conflict - and restricting the means and methods of warfare. Princess Diana, pictured wearing a British Red Cross badge, visited Red Cross hospitals and the HALO Trust in Angola in 1997. The HALO Trust is the world's oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organisation.



In 1859, Franco-Sardinian and Austrian troops clashed at the Battle of Solferino in northern Italy, leaving 40,000 killed or injured. Swiss businessman Henry Dunant, appalled by the aftermath, helped to care for the wounded of both sides.  Four years later, in 1863, five talented men formed the International Committee For the Relief of Military Wounded, with Headquarters established in Geneva, which became the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1876.  They were Henry Dunant, Gustave Moynier, Doctor Louis Appia, Doctor Theodore Maunoir and General Henri Dufour. At the same time, the first National Committees for the Relief of Military Wounded (later National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) began to be created. In 1864, the symbol of a red cross on a white background was adopted by Governments as the distinctive emblem, while additional distinctive emblems, including that of the red crescent, followed in later years.  Recognised around the world as symbols of neutrality and protection, the red cross and red crescent emblems are used to this day during periods of armed conflict to mark persons and objects protected under and working in compliance with the rules set by the 1949 Geneva Conventions.




The Red Cross and Red Crescent emblems are special signs of protection and their use is restricted by law.  For more information visit



The charity event ‘Bad Wurzach & Back – The Liberation Challenge’ will take place from 26 April until 9 May.  Six cyclists will ride 1300 miles from St Helier, Jersey to Bad Wurzach in Germany and hope to raise £50,000.






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