Meet Jess: the humble life-saver

Jess-Bradley-HCA-winner-BLOGJess Bradley has won a major award after saving the life of a man with a horrific injury – but she doesn’t see anything remarkable about her actions.

Today, Shetland Islander Jess Bradley was given a young heroes’ award by the British Red Cross.

And no wonder. Even a mere mention of the disturbing scene she had to deal with (helping a man with a deep gash in his neck) would be enough to make most people feel queasy.

But the trained first aider is surprisingly blasé about the whole incident. As she puts it: “I didn’t think it was anything remarkable – it was what I’d been trained to do, an instinct.” More

Red Cross Ebola nurse: ‘I’m no hero, I’m just doing my job’

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Tackling Ebola on the front line is an emotional experience, but I’m glad I’m here, writes British Red Cross nurse Marjorie Lee.

Am I a hero? Not for one minute. I’m just somebody helping somebody else. And people here in Sierra Leone, as in Guinea and Liberia, need our help.

I arrived two weeks ago. The first thing that strikes you is how incredibly friendly people are. Everyone you pass says “hello” or “how are you?”

The manager of our hotel in Freetown kept thanking me for coming. He hasn’t left the hotel compound in weeks, he’s too afraid to go out. He sends people out on errands to get him things.

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Looking for loved ones in the First World War

Red Cross enquiry department for wounded soldiers: Boulogne 1917.

Red Cross enquiry department for wounded soldiers: Boulogne 1917.

Every year, we try to help people find missing family, after they go missing in a disaster or conflict. This service is now 100 years old – and it all started on the First World War battlefields.

Many soldiers went missing during the First World War. Families back home had no idea what had happened – or if their loved ones were even alive.

At the time, The Sunday Times wrote that “anxious mothers and wives began to plead that someone should look for men who had disappeared to a silence as still and more cruel than the grave”. More

Ebola outbreak: reporting from Sierra Leone

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Ebola leaves a lasting impression on everyone who encounters it. Here John Templeton, a freelance cameraman with Channel 4 News, recounts his recent experience of filming a series of reports featuring Red Cross teams in Sierra Leone (scroll down to watch the reports).   

Working as a freelance television cameraman means a phone call from a client can quickly lead to getting off a plane somewhere most people would do their utmost to avoid.

Wars, natural disasters and civil disturbances have their own rules of behaviour you must follow if you’re going to do your job well and leave unscathed. It’s usually expensive and difficult to cover such stories, so you had better do justice to the story.

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Guilt-free shopping still in fashion

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Last week, we opened a pop-up boutique to celebrate 100 years of our charity shops. Hundreds of people have already snapped up donations from the big names of fashion, but there’s still time to bag some goodies – all for a good cause.

If you’re near London’s iconic Covent Garden this weekend, take some time to ‘pop into’ our new pop-up shop before it closes on Sunday.

Every penny we raise there will help people in crisis. And it’s all been inspired by our first-ever charity shop, opened 100 years ago. More

Finding and monitoring Ebola infections – video

In this video, a Liberian Red Cross volunteer talks about her work in monitoring relatives and neighbours of Ebola victims.

On average, one person infected with Ebola infects two other people. The disease is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person, or indirectly through contact with contaminated areas, such as soiled clothing or bed linen.

It’s vital to trace the movements of those infected with Ebola to find people who may have contracted the disease from them.

The next step is to monitor people who might have Ebola over a period of 21 days – the disease’s incubation period – to see if anyone develops symptoms.

Across Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the Red Cross has traced more than 50,000 people at risk of contracting the disease.

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