The British Red Cross has announced it is to stop providing first aid at events as part of a cost-cutting drive.

The charity intends to focus on directing funds to other parts of its operations, such as crisis support.

The organisation this week assisted at the industrial estate where 39 bodies were discovered in the back of a lorry.

Michael Adamson, chief executive of British Red Cross, said: “In recent years, we have seen increasing pressures on both our income and the demands for our assistance, which means we must prioritise how we use every pound donated to us.

“Unfortunately, our event first aid work has been running at a financial loss for some time – the service still requires £1.8m of donations annually to cover the shortfall between income and costs – and this is diverting vital funds from our efforts to provide emergency support for major domestic and global crises.

“So it is with real sadness that we have taken the very difficult decision to close our event first aid service by 31 March, 2020.”