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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After the Ice Bucket Challenge: where do genius fundraising ideas come from?

Ice-Bucket-ChallengeBLOGFundraising is a famously imprecise science. And as the past week has shown, sometimes the best ideas come from the grassroots, oddballs – or even mistakes.

Listen closely.

That faint, buzzing noise you can (almost)] hear is the whirring of thousands of professional fundraising brains, each trying to come up with the next blockbuster idea. More

‘When people run from burning homes, I’m waiting to help them’

UNP BRC  32297Whittlesea  Jayne Ross018_600_350What makes someone spend their time helping strangers caught up in house-fires? Jayne Ross describes her high-octane life with our most hardcore volunteer service.

Imagine for a moment your home caught fire.

Imagine the fear of running for your life from a burning building. Imagine the realisation that all your most treasured things are still in there. Then imagine standing out on a cold, wet street at three in the morning in just your night-clothes.

Horrific as it sounds, this actually happens to hundreds of people each year. And that, in a nutshell, is why I’m a fire and emergency support (FES) volunteer. More

‘I fell out of my wheelchair – but the Red Cross picked me up’

John-and-June-Ralls-and-volunteers-BLOGWhat are the odds? When a pensioner fell from his wheelchair and landed in the road, the first vehicle to pass by just happened to hold a couple of British Red Cross first aiders.

To say John Ralls has been feeling fragile of late would be an understatement.

The 72-year-old has some medical conditions and has also been recovering from a broken hip. So when he was accidentally tipped from his wheelchair, it was a real calamity.

John’s wife, June, was pushing him along their street after a family meal when they hit an uneven paving stone. The pensioner was flung from the chair and landed heavily in the road. More

‘I saved my friend’s life hours after learning first aid’

 

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When his friend was stabbed, teenager Jay Duff still had a first aid trainer’s words echoing in his ears – and knew exactly what to do.

Like most people, Jay enjoyed his first aid session.

But once the training was done he just got on with his day, not really considering that he’d ever have to put into practice what he’d just learned.

Which just goes to show, you can never tell. More

Commonwealth games are go!

The ‘friendly’ Games are underway, and we’ve got hundreds of volunteers on hand to make sure everyone has a safe stay in Glasgow. Here’s a quick snapshot of what we’re up to.

1. First aiders, first aiders, everywhere…
Commonwealth Games two first aidersYou can barely turn a corner in Glasgow this week without bumping into a British Red Cross first aider. We’ve already been treating quite a few cuts and scrapes, and our teams are providing cover for 16 hours a day at the big BBC riverside festival in the city. More

‘’I was ready to die – but Rebecca brought the whole world back to me’

Kathy Malcolm and Rebecca OwenBLOGFor Kathy, it seemed like things would never get better again.

She had been diagnosed with a brain tumour. Her kidney failure, due to diabetes, meant dialysis treatment three times a week. She was slowly going blind. And to cap it all, she could no longer maintain her lovely big home.

The 64-year-old, from Llandudno, recalled: “I was at my lowest point – I was basically ready to die.” More

Don’t be caught red-faced this heatwave

It doesn’t often get hot in Britain – which is why so many of us go a bit solar-crazy. But before lathering yourself in baby oil and lying out on a piece of tin-foil, heed these warnings.

1. Sunburn
At the first sign of good weather, it’s a popular male instinct in the UK to immediately expose one’s milky-white torso to the blazing sun. Many women, meanwhile, will spend days wearing differently-strapped tops until their exposed backs look like weird, sunburny crop circles. All too often, sun lotion doesn’t feature. More