Matthew Carter

Writer working with the British Red Cross on issues to do with refugees, asylum and international family tracing.

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Meet the Lord lacing up his boots for the Red Cross this summer

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“When I was young I used to want to ‘be’ something – an MP, a minister. But as I get older I realise that the greater responsibility is not ‘to be’ but ‘to do’. This is why I walk.”

Today Lord Michael Bates is setting off on a 625-mile trip. On foot.

The Minister of State at the Department for International Development, and member of the House of Lords, will walk from London to Edinburgh via Cardiff, Manchester and Belfast, raising money for the Red Cross.

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‘We all have to work together’ – teaming up with local volunteers after Grenfell Tower fire

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Tanya Hedges sorting through donations at the Westway Centre. Photo credit: Matt Carter / British Red Cross

 

For the latest information on how we are using your donations to support people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, read our update.

In the shadow of the Grenfell Tower is Westway Sports Centre, where people affected by the fire have been receiving support.

Two weeks after the fire, families are still coming to the centre to get the emotional and practical help they need.

Standing side-by-side with them are community volunteers like Abraham Chowdhury, who have helped collect donations and distribute to help the victims and their families.

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Grenfell Tower fire: ‘People must get the support they need after traumatic events’

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In the aftermath of terrible events like the Grenfell Tower fire and the recent London and Manchester terror attacks, it’s so important people get the support they need.

Sarah Davidson, head of psychosocial at the British Red Cross, explains how we can support ourselves and our loved ones in times of trauma.

For the latest information on how we are using your donations to support people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, click here to read our update.

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We Love Manchester Emergency Fund raises £2m in first 24 hours

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Couple embraceThe We Love Manchester Emergency Fund has raised £2m in just 24 hours. Sports stars, celebrities, members of the public and businesses have all responded to the call for funds to support people affected by the devastating attack in Manchester. Donations have come pouring in from across the country.

The Manchester Evening News, who launched the We Stand Together appeal raising £1m, have joined forces with the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, launched by Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross.

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How to talk to children about a terrorist attack

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News about a terrorist attack is always frightening, but for families times like these can be especially hard.

How do you talk to children about traumatic events like those in Barcelona, London, or Manchester? Should you be honest, or is it best to turn the TV off and shield them from the news?

Here’s some advice from British Red Cross expert Dr Sarah Davidson.

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No money for milk: the new mums neglected by UK asylum system

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They say everything changes overnight.

All of a sudden there’s a new person in the world. Your person. A little boy or girl that makes your every other care melt away.

It’s supposed to be one of the happiest times in your life, and for most new mothers the experience is exactly that.

But what of those women in the UK’s asylum system? How does motherhood treat them?

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