Red Cross ‘celebrate hypocrisy’

By November 5, 2014February 18th, 2021No Comments


Dear Marriage supporter

We wrote to you earlier this week to let you know about the shocking case of Bryan Barkley, dismissed from his volunteer role at the British Red Cross because he took a stand for marriage.

Thanks to the many of you who have already been in touch with the Red Cross to make your concerns known. This morning former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe joined with you by announcing that she is no longer to help fundraise for the charity.

In a statement yesterday the Red Cross seek to justify their shameful actions by claiming that they “did not dismiss this volunteer specifically because of the views he has on same-sex marriage”.

This is absurd. It was because Mr Barkley’s views on marriage were not ‘in line’ with theirs that they axed him.

It is our hope that with such a strong public response from Red Cross donors and the wider public they will see sense and change their policy.

Far from being ‘neutral’ as they suggest, the Red Cross “celebrate the contribution” of their LGBT volunteers. It appears that at the Red Cross everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others.

Please consider posting on the British Red Cross Facebook page and tweeting @BritishRedCross.This is a great way of showing them just how widespread these concerns are.

If you have not yet directly contacted the Red Cross please make your concerns known in one of the following ways:

Email for the attention of Mike Adamson, CEO of the British Red Cross

Call one of the following numbers: 020 7138 7900, 020 7877 7000 or 0844 871 11 11. Lines are open between 9am and 5.30pm.

Please note that the BRC have been receiving such a large number of calls about this that it may be difficult to get through – please persist or try an alternative number;


Write to British Red Cross, 44 Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL


Express your disappointment that a respected institution such as the Red Cross should show such intolerance towards its volunteers.

Ask if it is now official Red Cross policy to dismiss staff or volunteers who believe in traditional marriage.

Voice your support for Bryan Barkley and ask the Red Cross to change their policy and reinstate him as a volunteer.

Yours sincerely

Colin Hart
Campaign Director
Coalition for Marriage