Syria: seven reasons we still need your help

People up and down the UK have been giving to our Syria Appeal for more than three years.

But the bloodshed continues, with no end in sight. Are those donations still helping Syrians caught up in this terrible violence?

Find out in our Syria photo diary, featuring the work of our partner the Syrian Arab Red Crescent over just a few weeks last month.

Trucks packed with aid

On June 1, a Red Crescent aid convoy brought vital help to the town of Bluedan. As well as food for thousands of people, the trucks carried essential toiletries such as nappies and sanitary towels.

Trucks

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A girl holding a sack

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Museum of the year finalist brings Red Cross history to life

Auxiliary hospital ward

For a limited time only, you can step back in time and experience what life in a Red Cross hospital would have been like during the First World War.

In 1917, the Georgian house at Dunham Massey was transformed into a fully functioning military hospital. The grand furniture and heirlooms were swapped for hospital beds and medical equipment and the family home became Stamford Military Hospital.

Stamford Military Hospital was, like thousands of auxiliary hospitals across the country, a temporary facility for wounded servicemen.

Here, British Red Cross volunteers provided vital care for hundreds of ill and injured soldiers seeking sanctuary after the horrors of the trenches.

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Beat the hot weather: wear a wet t-shirt

Man-in-sea-BLOGHere are a few tips for staying (literally) cool-headed during the heatwave – and why you shouldn’t believe some of those hoary old myths.

1. Wet is better

Wet-tshirt-BLOGYes, really! Heat escapes through the skin, so the larger the area being cooled down, the better.
So forget that old myth about rubbing ice cubes on the wrists to cool the whole body. In baking hot weather, wearing a wet t-shirt – and keeping it wet – can be really effective. More

Life on the run in South Sudan

South SudanFleeing violence isn’t new for the South Sudanese. It’s the sad reality of life in a country that has been plagued by decades of conflict. The Red Cross’ Daniel Littlejohn-Carrillo shares his experience of being evacuated amid an upsurge in fighting.  

A loud hiss whistles out as we deflate the Land Cruiser’s tyres. A colleague sprays white paint over the big red crosses that are meant to protect the cars and identify them as International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) property.

Now five of them are immobile, or so we think. The one remaining vehicle will take us to the airstrip shortly. More

Wimbledon: the alternative survival guide

Wimbledon-blog-full-sizeIt’s not only the players who get injured at big sporting occasions. We take a light-hearted look at the hidden dangers of Britain’s classic summer event .

1. Feeling the burn

Blazing-sun-BLOGThe sun’s blazing down on Murray Mound, and you’re riveted as the unsmiling Scotsman blasts out another scorching game on the big screen. Then it suddenly dawns that you’re sore to the touch and your head looks like a beetroot. Oh, dear. More

What if London’s hospitals vanished tomorrow?

In an emergency, the journey to hospital can be terrifying.

After a stroke. After you go into labour. After a serious accident, one that could change your life forever.

But at least you know help will be waiting when you finally arrive.

So what if when you arrive, you find no hospital at all – just a smoking pile of rubble?

©Sarah Trentham/BRC

©Sarah Trentham/BRC

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