Diana Shaw

Diana writes on Asia, the Middle East and all things Red Cross.

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When Facebook saved lives in Nepal

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Men use ropes to move boulders in a destroyed building

5.6 million people were affected by the Nepal earthquake © Palani Mohan/IFRC

This is a guest post by Ruth Newman, Nepal programme officer for the British Red Cross

When the massive earthquake struck Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley last April, I was about to board a plane on the other side of the country. Not knowing about the quake, I landed in Kathmandu less than two hours later surrounded by panic and devastation – buildings had crumbled, people were trapped, and electricity supplies and mobile phone networks were down.

But there was a wifi connection so I quickly logged onto Facebook on my phone to tell family and friends that I was OK.

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How one challenge led to another: climbing Mt Kilimanjaro for the British Red Cross

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Rachael trekking in Nepal

Rachael trekking in Nepal

This is a guest post by Rachael Fisher Hart, a British Red Cross supporter

On 29 January I’ll be facing one of the biggest challenges of my life: climbing Mt Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the British Red Cross.

Another challenge, and the British Red Cross worker who supported me when I needed it most, inspired me to take on this hard but rewarding adventure. More

We’re helping one little girl in Yemen – but for how long?

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Hayat and her brothers in their bombed house in Yemen

Hayat and her brothers in their bombed house in Yemen © Hassan Al-Najjar/ICRC

Three-year-old Hayat’s name means life, yet she almost lost hers when her family’s home in Yemen was bombed on 24 September. Her sister Dunia was killed and Hayat’s foot was so badly damaged that it had to be amputated.

“Catastrophic” humanitarian situation

The sisters are casualties of Yemen’s nine-month-old civil war, which has plunged the country into a humanitarian crisis. More

I’m dreaming of a Red Cross Christmas

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Christmas is a time for giving and receiving – and you can enjoy both through our wide range of Christmas events and shopping opportunities.

Unique and delicious shopping days

Get inspired by the fashion show at the City of London Christmas market or sample Gluhwein and Bratwurst at the Christmas food market in Guildhall Yard. Across town in Kensington, taste some luxurious but fat-free chocolates at the London Christmas Fair.

Want to try your luck in a raffle for a fabulous hamper? Then visit the Hexham Christmas Fair where you can shop for unique presents.

If you love Christmas carols, join us for songs by the Bedford Prep School and Pilgrims School choirs while browsing the stalls at the Bedfordshire Christmas Fair.

And if all of this Christmas shopping makes you feel hungry, stop into a Co-op store ­where their range of festive sandwiches will support us to provide health and social care services in the UK.  More