Mark Cox

About Mark Cox

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

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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

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

Proof that dogs are man’s best friend

Russ-the-dog-and-Natasha-portraitThere were some barking canine antics recently – from a woman who used first aid to save her dog to an owner who was actually saved by his pooch.

It’s meant to be cats, not dogs, that have nine lives. But there’s one Jack Russell in Belfast that has already had at least two snaps at life.

Little Russ was left home alone recently while his owner, British Red Cross worker Natasha Coombes-Liddle, popped out to the shops.

Always hungry, the mischievous pooch used the opportunity to carry out a daring raid on the kitchen bin – but bit off more than he could chew. More

I thought: ‘Volunteering? I could do that…’

Yvonne-Croft-WEBMeet the woman who was so inspired by our support during her own hour of need that she now wants to become a volunteer.

Sometimes, the most rewarding relationships begin in the strangest places.

When Yvonne Croft first came across the British Red Cross, she was recovering from a broken ankle at Leeds General Infirmary.

Doctors had judged her fit to leave hospital, but she was still a bit uncertain on her feet.

And because she lives alone and has steps leading up to her flat, hospital staff were very concerned about her returning home alone. More

What the truck..? Big Dave’s 16-ton challenge

Truck-challenge-BLOGPeople have done all kinds of wacky things to raise money for the British Red Cross – but even for us, dragging a truck across a car park might just be a first.

Okay: so the skydiving 86-year-old granny was impressive. And that ‘human hamster’ chap who continuously ran around a track for 24 hours was something else.

But in terms of sheer implausibility, Dave Murray’s Herculean challenge – pulling a 16-ton truck for a back-breaking 60 yards – takes some beating. More

When first aid is an extreme sport

Ten-Tors-helicopter-volunteer-BLOGLong hours? Check. Remote locations? Check. Sleeping outdoors during a howling gale? No problem. Meet the hardcore first aiders who just can’t say no.

Mention the words ‘Ten Tors’ to a Devon teenager and they’ll most likely shudder with dread.

No wonder. The annual Ten Tors challenge – a gruelling, two-day event – has become a rite of passage for thousands of young people living across the south west of England. And it’s brutal.

Ten-Tors-girls-jumping-Saturday-BLOGEach May, 2,400 hardy souls spend a weekend trekking up to 55 miles across the desolate slopes of Dartmoor and over several ‘tors’ [small hills]. The ground’s uneven. The terrain’s hard to navigate. Weather conditions can be treacherous.

Even worse, the teenagers carry heavy backpacks. They sleep out in tents, whatever the weather. Oh, and they’re trekking against the clock. More

The secret to surviving a severed hand

Photograph: BBC Wales News

When Edryd Jones accidentally power-sawed off his own hand, he thought it was curtains. But he had a secret weapon: quick-thinking neighbours.

It sounds like something from a shlock-horror movie.

Late last year, retired teacher Edryd Jones was cutting through wooden planks in his bedroom as part of a DIY project, when the unthinkable happened.

He told The Guardian: “I didn’t realise my hand had gone until I went to pick up a piece of wood and it wasn’t there. It was on the floor. I thought I was going to bleed to death.” More