David Giles came to talk to us about the history and the work of the Red Cross. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement started in 1863 and was inspired by a Swiss businessman, Henry Dunant. He had been appalled at the suffering of thousands of men, on both sides, who were left to die due to lack of care after the Battle of Solferino in 1859. He proposed the creation of national relief societies, made up of volunteers, trained in peacetime to provide neutral and impartial help to relieve suffering in times of war. In response to these ideas a committee, which later became the International Committee of the Red Cross, was established in Geneva. David finished his talk by showing a short film of the current work undertaken by the modern day Red Cross which was very moving.