Fundraising and events

‘Have yourself a very Red Cross Christmas…’

With only a month to go until the unwrapped pressies and stuffed turkey (and bellies), here are some ways to get into the festive spirit.

1. Buy our Christmas single

A bevy of music stars – going under the name The Peace Collective – have recorded The Farm’s 1990 hit song, All Together Now, to raise money for us. It’s released on 15 December.Xmas-single

Featured stars include Alexandra Burke, David Gray, Gabrielle, The Proclaimers, I Am Kloot, Holly Johnson, and band members from Massive Attack, Cast and The Sugababes. More

Guilt-free shopping still in fashion

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  • BRITISH RED CROSS 337 1 BRITISH RED CROSS 337 1 You too could find a fashion staple like this Giles Deacon coat
     

Last week, we opened a pop-up boutique to celebrate 100 years of our charity shops. Hundreds of people have already snapped up donations from the big names of fashion, but there’s still time to bag some goodies – all for a good cause.

If you’re near London’s iconic Covent Garden this weekend, take some time to ‘pop into’ our new pop-up shop before it closes on Sunday.

Every penny we raise there will help people in crisis. And it’s all been inspired by our first-ever charity shop, opened 100 years ago. 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

Young Muslims reach dizzy new heights for charity

Three Peaks Challenge finish

How does it feel to scale three mountains in a row? Dr Aziz Hafiz knows the answer. This year, he had to get a group of young Muslims fit and ready for their biggest-ever fitness challenge…

Aziz is vice-president of AMYA, Britain’s largest and oldest Muslim youth association – and proud chair of its hiking club.

The group always takes on an annual challenge for charity. But so many people wanted to do the Three Peaks Challenge this year – hiking Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – that he had to turn some away.

“Everyone was so excited,” Aziz tells me. “But it didn’t go exactly to plan.”

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