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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Richard Osman helps a barefoot refugee

The 2013 National Television Awards (NTA's)  held at the O2 arena - Press Room  Featuring: Paul O'Grady,Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman Where: London, United Kingdom When: 23 Jan 2013

Richard poses with fellow presenter Alexander Armstrong

When a very tall refugee was left shoeless, the Pointless presenter literally stepped in – with his gallumphing size 14s – to help out.

This is a tall story, but not in the way you’d think.

Last week, a destitute asylum seeker approached our refugee support team in Belfast with an unusual cry for help – he desperately needed some new shoes.

The poor chap had been walking around in a pair of flip-flops since last Spring. And when one of them finally busted altogether, he was left hopping about barefoot in the rain. More

Red Cross runner raises (and loses) many pounds

Sometimes, running is about much more than just the race. For Liz Strain, it meant laying some old demons to rest – while raising money for the organisation she loves. This is her story.

Liz-Strain-Scottish-runner-BLOGI’ve always battled with my weight. For many years, I had quite an addictive relationship with food. Though I often dieted, I always put the pounds back on later – and even added more.

But losing both my beloved parents a few years ago was a real wake-up call.

It made me question what my life priorities were, and I resolved to finally do something that would have made them both proud: get fit. More

First aid volunteer: ‘there’s nothing like it’

Graham-Baker-BLOG2Having a good laugh one minute, then saving someone’s life in the back of an ambulance the next? Graham Baker lifts the lid on his life as a first aid volunteer.

Whenever you go to a big event, such as a festival, you’ll probably notice there’s always a few first aiders and a couple of ambulances there.

They deal with all the things that can go wrong on a fun day out – heatstroke, too much drink, cuts, bruises – and occasionally real emergencies. More

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