Strictly come dancing: 100 years of Red Cross dance

Men in fancy dressFrom fundraising balls to prisoner of war performances, the British Red Cross has seen people hit the dance floor for over a century. As we prepare for a star-studded evening of dance on Sunday, step into your dancing shoes and join us for a waltz through the archives.

“Ballet Nonsense”

Our records show that many prisoners of war and internees turned to dance when they needed a little light entertainment. Many used their Red Cross food parcels to create props and costumes. More

Run the London Marathon in seven steps

Runner celebrates after completing the London Marathon for the British Red CrossThe London Marathon ballot has closed: are you in or out? If you didn’t get a place, you can run with Team Red Cross. Apply to run the London Marathon 2016.

If you were one of the lucky folk who got a place, why not use your run to raise money for a fantastic cause? All your training can help people in crisis when you fundraise for the British Red Cross.

Demelza ran for Team Red Cross this year. If you’re running in 2016, read her seven top tips for taking on one of the world’s biggest – and best – races.



Stories from the refugees on Europe’s doorstep

Refugees give their details to Red Cross family tracing teams as they arrive in SicilyThe weather is turning but for refugees, there is no going back. Many people feel they have no choice but to brave the cold and make the treacherous journey to Europe. 

Most of the world’s refugees aren’t in Europe, but those that do head here face long and difficult journeys.

They often travel across multiple countries to get to their destination – places where they already have family or their job skills are needed.

Red Cross volunteers are supporting people in all of the countries they pass through. We’re often the first ones to offer some comfort and help. We’re there in that extraordinary moment as you cross the border: one of fear and elation, exhaustion and hope.

Here are just some of the stories we’re hearing.


Read the heart-breaking story that inspired this Syrian doctor

A woman looking at the camera

©Thomas Evaldsen

After four years of deadly fighting, Syrian doctor Maissam Hamoui is still treating patients in the city of Aleppo. In that time, she has found hope in even the most shocking situations.

She says: “The worst experience I had was when a little baby girl was wounded in a bomb attack.” Maissam shapes her hands like a small bowl. “She was only a month old and not bigger than this.” More

Watch: The moment a father and son are reunited after fleeing Burundi

TanzaniaThe violence and civil unrest that has blighted Burundi in recent months shows no sign of abating.

The volatile situation has seen more than 190,000 people flee the African nation since April.

Tanzania, Uganda, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda have all taken in thousands of refugees.

Among those to reach the safety of Rwanda’s Mahama refugee camp was Fredric Ngango. But he did so without his son, who was too sick to travel.

Watch the moment they were reunited again, thanks to the Red Cross’ family tracing service.


Ukraine: Could you survive in no-man’s-land aged 80?

Two older people pulling a cart

©ICRC/L Lahongre

Conflict has made life hard for everyone in eastern Ukraine, but some suffer more than most.

The Red Cross is bringing vital supplies, but things are grim for older people such as Valentina.

On the International Day of Older Persons, see how she survives medicine shortages, power cuts and constant shelling.

Kominternove is a small village in the war-torn Donbass region of eastern Ukraine. It lies in the no-man’s-land between the military positions of the conflict’s two sides.

To move out of the village, civilians have to go through the checkpoints of one side or the other, which is complicated and dangerous.

People here live with the sound of constant shelling. Many houses have been destroyed or damaged, the electricity has been cut off for months, and the health centre is closed. Bringing in food or medical supplies has become a major challenge. People are hauling water from wells as the pipes run dry. More

The refugee doctor who can’t wait to help you

Amir refugee Sudan doctor

Amir was living a happy and ordinary life in Sudan. He was married with children and had a good job. But a few years ago, he was forced to flee after being tortured, stabbed and left for dead.

Amir Ali Bob lives in the UK with his wife Wegdan and their five children, aged 5 to 13.

Before fleeing Sudan as refugees, Amir was an obstetrician and Wegdan a GP. They are now doing whatever they can to practise as doctors again – taking exams, improving their English – so they can help the country the family now call home.

But how did they get to this point? Amir tells us their story. More

The man who’s putting himself in a refugee’s shoes

David after a rainy walk

Think your commute’s a bit rough? Well, David has given up trains and buses and now walks the 12-mile journey home after work. But it’s not in protest of public transport – it’s all to raise money for refugees.  

David Farrow has a busy, demanding job. For the last four years, he has been working as a medical photographer at Epsom and St Helier hospitals in Surrey.

But after he clocks off work, he now faces a daily challenge before he can go home, eat some dinner and switch on a box set.

Whenever he can, he walks the three-and-a-half hour journey home to where he lives in Reigate.

Why? David is raising money for refugees. He’s doing it by covering the distance someone from Syria would have to walk from Damascus to London, in the anxious search for a safer home.

And he has another 4,060 kilometres (2,523 miles) to go.