The number of people seeking help from the British Red Cross in Lancashire to help trace lost relatives has increased dramatically in the past year.
The team, based in Preston bit covering the whole county, deals with a variety of cases where people want trace family members: from those who have lost contact due to current conflicts in places such as Syria, to cases related to the Second World War.
Over the past year, figures shown that 45 per cent of enquiries involved family members who lost contact due to current or recent conflicts or situations of violence including Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Sri Lanka.
More than a third – 36 per cent of calls – related to disasters including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the Lampedusa boat tragedy.
Another 18 per cent related to the First World War.
For more information, see www.recross.org.uk/Lancashire