A lot of work was done by the Mayor of Thetford’s War Committee to help the sick and wounded and those in distress through the war. It was decided to concentrate their efforts on providing garments for the sick and wounded, finding a suitable local building for use as an emergency hospital and providing equipment and training local people in the care of sick and wounded.
By January 1915, sewing meetings had been arranged and work at home organised : 44 nightshirts, 51 day shirts, 17 pyjamas, 26 draw sheets and 29 odd garments had been sent to the Central Red Cross, the mine sweepers had received 22 thick flannel vests and the Belgians had been sent 12 day shirts and 37 various garments.
The YMCA buildings, after an inspection by the British Red Cross County Director, were approved for use as an emergency 20 bed hospital and plans were put in place to ensure that it could function as a hospital if required.
Again by January 1915, 136 women and 84 men had been trained in first aid and home nursing by attending classes at the Town Hall.