On the 12th February 1974 the British Red Cross team met for the first time at the British Red Cross Head Quarters. Other Red Cross teams from Germany, New Zealand, Finland , Australia were also taking part as part of the International Red Cross’ mission. The British team lasted the longest.
The only members of the team who had worked abroad before were Sister Caswell and Margaret Carrington.
Sister Caswell meets a baby orangutan at an orphan sanctuary whilst on a day off in Sabah, North Borneo. This particular baby was not an orphan, its mother was called Freda. She was rather bad tempered and was kept behind bars
The smell of the baby orangutan was ‘serious’ and its hair was coarse like a coconut!