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Olympics 1948: when Team GB were the ‘good losers’

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Women's 800m hurdles race, London Olympic Games 1948

At the 1948 Olympic Games the world was still reeling from the Second World War. The Games had been cancelled in 1940 and 1944. Rations were still in place. But at short notice London agreed to host the Olympics.

Let’s hear from some of the Red Cross nurses who were on hand to give the athletes first aid. More

Let Twm, the Red Cross therapy dog, brighten your day

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Twm the therapy dog from the British Red CrossAll animal lovers know that pets make us feel happier. Whether it’s cuddling a cat or petting a pooch, time with your favourite furry-friend is good for you. It has been scientifically proven to reduce blood pressure and generally leave you feeling more relaxed.

That’s why we’ve recruited Twm, an adorable eight-year-old Kelpie Collie. More

The volunteers who played a crucial role in the Battle of the Somme

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British Red Cross stretcher bearers

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During the Battle of the Somme, our volunteers were up to their knees in mud helping the wounded. From carrying casualties and searching for the missing to providing hot water bottles and cigarettes, our volunteers did everything they could to help.

Now you can walk in their memory – or remember your ancestors who served in the war.

As soon as fighting began in July 1916, the army’s first aid teams and stretcher bearers were overwhelmed. They turned to the British Red Cross’ trained volunteers for help.

Alf Collard, who was in charge of the Red Cross team, wrote:

‘On Sunday, July 2nd, when the wounded began to come in in large numbers, we were called upon to provide as many stretcher bearers as we could furnish. I am pleased to say that about 60 orderlies worked all through Sunday night and well into Monday without a stop …’  More

Summer gardening tips from our expert

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Strawberries in a garden

By @joefoodie

It’s the Rio Olympics, the kids are off school and strawberries are glistening on supermarket shelves: summer is officially here. With it come fabulous blooms, scents and insect activity in the garden. Whether you have a lawn or a window box, enjoy these top summer gardening tips from our Open Gardens ambassador Tamsin Westhorpe. More

Celebrating nurses through the ages

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First World War Red Cross nurse lights a cigarette for a patientIt’s International Nurses’ Day: let’s celebrate the fantastic nurses who helped us treat Ebola, malaria – and flirty WW1 patients.

Florence Nightingale: no gossip

Florence Nightingale rose to fame after her work during the Crimean War. Like the British Red Cross today, she believed that every sick and injured person deserves help, no matter who they are or where they are from.

“A really good nurse must needs be of the highest class of character,” she wrote in 1881. More

William Shakespeare and the WW2 prisoners of war

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Cast put on a performanceFairies. Shipwrecks. Mistaken identities. It’s no wonder William Shakespeare was the playwright of choice for many  prisoners of war during the Second World War. We look back at some rather unusual performances…

During WW2 the British Red Cross sent more than 239, 500 books to prisoners of war (POW) libraries. The books had to cover a range of subjects to suit every taste.

Titles ranged from Shakespeare plays and classic novels to biographies, thrillers and even dictionaries.

There was a general shortage of books in the UK so the Red Cross library service relied on donations. The King and Queen donated 1,700 volumes with special inscriptions for POW libraries for Christmas 1941.

In May 1943 Penguin Books provided a selection of books for prisoners in Germany and Italy. Alongside Cold Comfort Farm and The Growth of Science prisoners could enjoy A life of Shakespeare by Hesketh Pearson.

Copies of The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, among other Shakespeare classics, found their way into the hands and onto the makeshift stages of POW camps across Europe.
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The heroic women of WW1: a nurse’s diary

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Peggy Arnold in her First World War Red Cross nurse's uniformGroans and moans. Blood and pus. It must have been a shock swapping life in Surrey for a hospital tent in France. But that’s exactly what Peggy Arnold did during the First World War. Exactly 100 years after she died, we remember Peggy’s heroic work and the thousands of women like her who volunteered for the British Red Cross during the war.

Margaret Trevenen Arnold, known as Peggy, was the eldest of four daughters. Before the war she and her sister Ruth joined the Surrey branch of the British Red Cross. They attended lectures and practical classes in first aid and other useful skills.

In February 1915 Peggy went to Hilders House, a new Red Cross war hospital. Here she trained as a nurse.

Four months later, she was ready. More

Fireballs, burns and broken bones: why I love volunteering

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Red Cross ambulance support volunteer Terry Alexander in front of her emergency vehicleAs you can imagine, Terry has seen a lot in 20 years of first aid volunteering. But last summer was a first.

Terry Alexander was an ambulance volunteer at the Shoreham air show when the plane came down.

“I don’t remember hearing much sound but there was a huge amount of smoke and flames from the explosion,” she recalled. More