Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Sam brings you the latest stories, interviews and updates about British Red Cross work in Syria, Africa and the Americas.

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Why I’m volunteering to help victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

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The incredible generosity in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire has seen people from all walks of life volunteering to help. The British Red Cross drafted in trained volunteers from across the country to help. Three volunteers share their stories. 

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Debi Haden, 50, a psychosocial support team member, from Norfolk

When you see the enormity of the situation, you can’t be anything but compelled to do something. I can’t change what has happened, I can’t take away the feelings people are experiencing, or what they’ve seen.

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What to do if you’ve been affected by Grenfell Tower fire

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grenfell-fire-volunteer-6This page is aimed at people directly affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

It is for residents, friends, family and neighbours. It will be updated with the latest official information about how to get help.

Grenfell Community Assistance Centre launched

People affected by the fire can go to the Grenfell Community Assistance Centre located at the Westway Sports Centre, Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP.

A new team is providing services and support around the clock – 24 hours a day.

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Community comes together after Grenfell Tower tragedy

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More than 30 Red Cross volunteers have been deployed since the incident started - ©MattPercival/BrtishRedCross

Dozens of Red Cross volunteers have been helping since the fire –
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“The community spirit is incredible, absolutely incredible,” said Phil Osler, reflecting on the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire in West London.

“There is a constant stream of people coming in with offers of help – clothing, toiletries, food – everybody coming together, regardless of background or religion.

“At one point I was talking to a rabbi, an imam, and a pastor. Everyone is there for one thing and that is to help.” More

“We want to show good far outweighs bad” – The Borough Market chef cooking up a dish for London

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Nick and Nadia Stokes are supporting our ‘Saturday Night for London’ campaign – ©GourmetGoat

“I always thought something like this could never happen in Borough Market. It’s a food market. It’s sacrosanct. Kind of a bubble that could not be penetrated.”

You can hear the emotion in Nadia Stokes’ voice as she recalls the events of last weekend that claimed eight lives and injured dozens more.

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Loneliness in the UK: “If you’ve got the spare time, what better way is there of using it?”

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Gareth Spencer volunteers with the Red Cross in Wales – ©TimMossford/UNP

Whether he’s repairing shoes or volunteering, Gareth Spencer is certainly finding different ways to help people put their best foot forward. 

The part-time cobbler from Pontypridd, Wales, is a volunteer for the British Red Cross. Over the past year, he’s helped many people overcome issues like loneliness. You could too.

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‘The big fear is cholera’ – South Sudan’s refugees stalked by threat of famine and disease

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600,000 people have fled South Sudan to Uganda due to violence – ©IFRC/TommyTrenchard

Think of famine in East Africa and you’ll likely picture desperate people queuing in arid and dusty lands.

Yet behind the drought that has taken hold in the region is an often forgotten and equally pernicious driver of hunger: conflict.

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Syria’s children and the mental scars of conflict: ‘I only do sad drawings now’

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The physical trauma of the Syrian conflict will forever be etched in our minds: images of entire towns razed to the ground; people with life-changing scars; the millions forced to flee across borders in search of sanctuary. Yet the psychological trauma of war – particularly for the millions of children caught up in the conflict – is harder to see.

Recognising this, the British Red Cross has been working with our partners, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, to make sure children and adults receive emotional and psychological support.

Hiba runs a Red Crescent community centre in Dweila, in rural Damascus. It hosts a psychosocial programme that simply offers children a chance to do normal childhood things and to express themselves through art.

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