The International Development Secretary and Essex MP Priti Patel has been in Northamptonshire to see how the Red Cross is using the taxpayers money it has given to help people in desperate situations around the world.
The Red Cross has a training and logistics base in the county.
Volunteers know they could be deployed to any man-made or natural disaster at a moment's notice.
- Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson
In this centenary year of the First World War we've already heard a lot about the bravery of those on the front line.
But there was a quieter sort of heroism going on back at home too - and the Red Cross was at the heart of it. Thousands of volunteers gave up their time to help at hospitals for the wounded.
Elodie Harper has been to Oakley in Bedfordshire to meet the granddaughter of a couple who did just that. Click below to watch her report.
A Cambridge woman is heading out to Sierra Leone to help tackle a deadly cholera epidemic.
Anne Carroll, 29, will be working as a sanitation engineer, part of a Red Cross team attempting to deal with an outbreak of the killer bug.
So far 170 people have died and thousands have been infected.
Anne and the team will work with the global Red Cross movement to supply health facilities with cholera kits, raise awareness about cholera and promote good hygiene practices, surveillance and early detection, and provide safe water through household water treatment and rehabilitating water points.
Cholera is a water-borne infection which causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea and can kill within hours if left untreated