Mark Cox

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Mark brings you all the latest stories, news and quirky details about the Red Cross' work in the UK.

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Barbecue first aid: secrets of safe grilling

BBQ-steaks-BLOGMove over Great British Bake Off – there’s a new cookery programme in town. As BBQ Champ launches on TV tonight, here are some tips for a safe cooking experience.

Hooray! The forecast is good this weekend.

And after salivating over all those juicy steaks and flaming briskets on the telly tonight, plenty of people will be hitting the garden. Tongs will be wielded.

But barbecues are precarious things. Those crowds of people bustling around hot flames, prolonged sun exposure, the renowned British love of al fresco boozing. More

How I saved my ‘human fireball’ husband

Burned-hand-sitting-couple-BLOGWhen an explosive garden incinerator engulfed her husband in flames, Frances Lewis was at a loss what to do – until she remembered the first aid leaflet which had arrived in the post days earlier.

The first thing Frances heard was a huge bang.

Spinning round, she saw a ferocious fireball envelop her husband Oliver as he stood just yards away from her in their garden.

(He had been burning garden waste in an incinerator, when the petrol he was using exploded.)

Once the flames subsided, a traumatised Frances could immediately see her husband’s left forearm and hand were badly burned. More

Jools Oliver: who knew first aid was such fun?

JoolsOliver-laughing-BLOGAs our ‘Rapped Up’ first aid campaign for little ones hits the UK, the top celebrity mum explains why she decided it was time to learn life-saving skills.

Accidents always happen when you have children. And with four, I have my hands full.

My youngest, Buddy, has had a few incidents choking on food (due to laughing with his sisters at the dining table), so we always have to watch out.

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Video: Bling babies drop first aid rhymez

Yo, homies! Make some noise for the British Red Cross’ new first aid campaign for parents and children, which features rapping toddlers. (Yes, we did just say that.)

Mention the words ‘first aid awareness’ to most people, and it’s a fair bet the first thing they think of won’t be a gaggle of rapping babies and children.

Rapped up baby buggy BLOGBut of course, the golden rule for any awareness campaign is get people’s attention. And that’s exactly what our new ‘Rapped up’ campaign does.

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Video: ‘Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside’

Brighton-promenadeGrannies splashing in the sea? Eighty-year-olds on helter skelters? Welcome to a day at the seaside with the British Red Cross – Sixties style!

This’ll gladden your heart and warm your cockles – it’s a lovely film showing a Red Cross trip to Brighton 50 years ago (full video below).

Brighton-telescopeBack in 1965, our volunteers took a group of older women, many of whom lived alone and didn’t get out much, for a day trip to the coast. It was a highlight of their year.

You can see the happiness etched on their faces. As the narrator says: “One of [the ladies] said she couldn’t sleep for thinking of it.” More

Tour de France: blood and bicycles

Bike-two-men-BLOGYesterday’s mass crash showed in grisly detail how much damage can result when cyclists go head-over-handlebar at speed. So here are five first aid tips for all you would-be yellow jersey wearers.

1. Hard shoulder

Bike-shoulder-BLOGWhen parting company with a bike at 35 mph, nothing’s more natural than to stick out your arm as the road comes hurtling towards your face.

But the force of such an impact can wrench your shoulder completely out of its socket. Ouch. More

‘I survived the 7/7 bombings’

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Stefan Rousseau/PA

After Jacqui Putnam was caught up in the London Bombings, we helped her deal with the harrowing experience. Ten years on, she’s a first aid volunteer with us who saves lives. This is her story.

1. THE EXPLOSION

I was in the front carriage on the Edgware Road train when the explosion happened. The bomb was in the next carriage along.

A lot of things happened in a split second. There was a loud bang – a high-pitched crack – and a flash of light, which illuminated hundreds of tiny shards of glass in the air.

The force of the blast travelled forward along the train. I felt immense pressure on my left shoulder which pushed me violently forward in my seat. More

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