Laura Oakley

Laura Oakley

Laura brings you all the latest stories from the British Red Cross' work across the UK – from emergency response to health and social care – as well as West and Central Africa.

Posts by Laura Oakley:

Raising money for Manchester and London attacks – how your donations will help

By

unity-blogWithin the last two weeks we have seen two terrible attacks in the UK. Amid the terror and horror there have been multiple acts of kindness and generosity as communities across the cities, country and the world have rallied.

Members of the public, celebrities, businesses and sports stars have all given generously to two funds to support those affected – the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and the UK Solidarity Fund.

But what’s the difference and how will your donations be spent? Here’s all you need to know about them.

More

First aid tips for trampoline fun

By
Two children bounce on a trampoline

Credit: iStock.com

Indoor trampoline parks have popped up across the UK to feed kids’ love of bouncing. Some of us have also bought trampolines for our gardens.

While they provide hours of fun and a good dose of exercise, from time to time accidents may happen.

Staff at indoor trampoline parks are usually trained in first aid. But one study found that trampolining injuries were the biggest cause of exercise-related injuries in the home.*

So get clued up with our top first aid tips for some common bounce-related injuries.

More

Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Katy Perry join Ariana Grande for Manchester benefit concert

By
Woman holds a sign reading I love Manchester

Photo credit: Xinhua/Han Yan: Alamy

Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That and Niall Horan are to join Ariana Grande in a concert to raise money for the victims and families affected by the Manchester attack.

This show of solidarity, from some of the biggest international names in music, will take place on Sunday 4 June.

More

We Love Manchester Emergency Fund grows to £4.1million

By
Crowds gathered for a vigil in Manchester's Albert Square to pay their respects following the terrorist attack on Manchester Stadium.

Credit: Jacob Sacks-Jones/Alamy Live News.

Love and support for the people of Manchester continue to shine through as more and more people give to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

In its first 24 hours after launching, the appeal reached £2 million. Now it has reached over £4 million, thanks to generous donations from the public and Manchester’s two major football clubs. Manchester United and Manchester City joined forces to pledge £1 million to support survivors of the attack.

More

How Red Cross volunteers responded to the WW2 bomb in Birmingham

By
A Red Cross volunteer helps a woman in a rest centre set up for those evacuated from their homes.

Photo credit: Tom Pilston / Panos / British Red Cross

An unexploded World War Two (WW2) bomb was found at a construction site near Spaghetti Junction on Monday. For the next two nights, volunteers from the British Red Cross ran a rest centre to support people evacuated from the local area.

“My experience for the night I’ve been here has been fantastic,” said Sarah, from Aston.

More

Men and loneliness: “I miss my wife a great deal… I just miss having company”

By

Sarah-Jane with Desmond Gregory

The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness has released new research showing that millions of men are experiencing loneliness but suffering in silence – men like Desmond Gregory.

When Desmond’s wife passed away in 2015, his world fell apart. After nearly 60 years of marriage, the 89-year-old from Midsomer Norton, in Somerset, was suddenly alone.

Despite his daughter visiting regularly, his grief was overwhelming and he began to feel increasingly lonely.

“Some days I didn’t see anyone at all. I miss my wife a great deal. I miss going to work. I just miss having company,” Desmond said.

Fortunately his health worker spotted the signs and was able to introduce him to the British Red Cross – we offer services for those experiencing loneliness and social isolation.

More