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Agatha Christie: the mysterious case of the refugees and the volunteer who loved poison


Black and white photo of Agatha ChristieThis week marks the 125th anniversary of the queen of crime fiction: Dame Agatha Christie. But did you know her career and her encyclopaedic knowledge of poisons are both rooted in her time as a British Red Cross volunteer?

Born in Torquay, Devon, Agatha had a privileged Victorian upbringing. So joining the Red Cross as a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) at the outbreak of the First World War was something of a shock to the system. More

Boats and babies: see how the Red Cross is helping refugees


Thousands of people are fleeing conflict, violence and persecution. They are facing horrific journeys to reach Europe. Tragically, nearly 3,000 people have died crossing the Mediterranean this year.

Red Cross teams are giving people food, water and health care when they arrive – can you support their work?

Please donate to our Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal so we can help more people today.

Red Cross volunteer holds baby Paolo from Nigeria More

Blood, sweat and cheers: why would anyone do a charity run?

Hall, Tony (BRCS)

Hall, Tony (BRCS)

Blisters, sweat and aching limbs: the Great North Run is on the horizon. Supporters up and down the country have been putting in the training miles.

But what motivates people to sweat their socks off in aid of the British Red Cross? Here are four runners’ stories.


Happy feet: dancers shine on London stage (and meet Diversity!)


Dancers in a rowAfter months of rehearsals, costume fittings and fundraising, the big day was finally here.

Young dancers from across the UK performed on stage at London’s O2 on Sunday. They were competing for first prize in the annual British Red Cross Dance Make Your Move competition.

The performers were watched by nervous parents and friends, excited teachers, five prestigious judges and some very special celebrity guests. Some members of the dance group Diversity – Jordan Banjo, Sam and Mitchell Craske and Perri Kiely – came to cheer on the dancers and wish them luck in the competition. More

It takes more than a heatwave to stop our volunteers fighting hunger


British Red Cross volunteer holds up bag of donated shoppingThank you to all the amazing volunteers and supporters who took part in the neighbourhood food collections this weekend.

They gave up their precious Saturdays or Sundays and kept smiling – despite the scorching temperatures in many areas. All the food collected will help families struggling to get enough to eat. More

How a Nottinghamshire stately home became a First World War hospital


Red Cross nurses and patients at Burgage Manor Red Cross auxiliary hospitalHow would you feel about a hospital stay if your ward was in a luxurious stately home? During the First World War the British Red Cross transformed private manors, estates, town halls and even schools into hospitals and convalescent homes for wounded servicemen. Here we explore Burgage Manor in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, to see what life was like for the staff, patients and local residents.

When the war broke out, the Red Cross was inundated with 5,000 offers of buildings they could use to treat the wounded.

William Hicking, chairman of the Nottingham & Notts banking company, offered the empty Burgage Manor to the British Red Cross in 1914. The large house had already made history as home to the poet Lord Byron between 1803-08. More

Nurse’s First World War diary: treating Gallipoli’s wounded men


Recruitment poster for volunteers from the First World War“When one takes a walk one always meets with the same thing: yells, smells, bells.”

Louisa Higginson kept a diary of her work as a British Red Cross nurse in the First World War. Louisa left her family in New Zealand to volunteer at hospitals in Malta and Egypt. On the 100th anniversary of the battle of Gallipoli, her diary reveals the sights, sounds and smells of hospital life as she treated wounded soldiers from the battle. More