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Summer gardening tips from our expert

Strawberries in a garden

By @joefoodie

It’s Wimbledon, the days are long 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

Refugee Reporting Award: and the winner is..

Eritrea man walks past building

Many congratulations to Matina Stevis and Joe Parkinson who last night won the prestigious Refugee Reporting Award at the One World Media Awards.

Their project was one of three outstanding nominated pieces shining a light on one story among 60 million.

That’s because today, 60 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes because of violence and conflict. 

We caught up with the nominees and asked them about their work.

Take a look and let us know which story was your favourite. 

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Refugee writers face the ultimate test: peek behind the scenes at Hay festival

Theresa Mgadzah Jones with two of her class

You’ll no doubt have heard about the Europe refugee crisis almost every day for months now. But among the daily news headlines the voices of those who have fled conflict and persecution can be lost – especially the voices of women.

Today is different. Ten women will be sharing their personal stories at the Hay Literary Festival in Hay-on-Wye.

These women all have a different story to tell. They have found their voices and formed a strong support group at the free English lessons provided by the British Red Cross in Newport.

Now they are putting their English to the test –performing in front of a festival crowd.

Don’t have tickets to Hay? Here is an exclusive sneak peak of what they have come to share.

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One very big red weekend

Mike Adamson Red Cross CEO at bake sale with Co-op staff from Malmsbury store as part of the Big Red Weekend.

A flurry of fundraising fun swept across the UK at the weekend as employees of The Co-operative Group marked this year’s Red Cross Week.

From bake sales to sponsored cycles, raffles to slime baths, Co-op staff were busy raising funds as part of our charity partnership to help tackle loneliness and social isolation across the UK.

Last month it was announced that The Co-op had already raised £1million towards this partnership – so we were excited to see what went down at Co-op stores all over the country for the Big Red Weekend.

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In the nick of time: ‘I feared giving birth in the car’

Red Cross volunteers Nigel and Stuart with Claire and baby Tori

As thousands of runners’ feet pounded the roads in the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon on 10 April, an expectant mum was desperately trying to find a way through the resulting traffic.

Claire Burke had gone into labour.

She had been driving to her mum’s for breakfast with her eight-year-old daughter Mia when she’d started to feel the contractions.

“At first I thought they were Braxton Hicks (false labour),” Claire said.

But as she tried to navigate through the road closures and diversions, the contractions grew stronger and stronger. Before long they were coming every minute.

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Circle of friends: the women supporting women

Mina Mondol at a community meeting in Bangladesh

On a typical day, Dr Sindy Newman sees patients, provides clean water for families in Bangladesh, feeds women refugees in the UK and sets up tents in freezing Mongolia. Then she has lunch.

How can one woman achieve all this in a morning? Well, Sindy is a member of our women-only fundraising group: the Tiffany Circle.

Sindy became the group’s first chair when it began in 2012. Since then, Tiffany Circle members have helped people across the world by funding a whole range of projects.

Sindy explained why she leapt at the chance to join the group. More

How to make the most of your garden this winter

Robin on snow

Robin by Frank Vassen

The days are getting shorter, but there’s no need to give up on your garden just yet. Here are a few simple tasks to get it spruced up for winter from our green-fingered ambassador Tamsin Westhorpe.

With a teeny bit of work, you can make the most of the season’s fresh air and rich colours.

There’s still a lot you can do as the weather turns according to Tamsin Westhorpe, garden writer and lecturer.

So pull on your fleeces, get your hands dirty and cross these jobs off your checklist. More

I’m dreaming of a Red Cross Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving and receiving – and you can enjoy both through our wide range of Christmas events and shopping opportunities.

Unique and delicious shopping days

Get inspired by the fashion show at the City of London Christmas market or sample Gluhwein and Bratwurst at the Christmas food market in Guildhall Yard. Across town in Kensington, taste some luxurious but fat-free chocolates at the London Christmas Fair.

Want to try your luck in a raffle for a fabulous hamper? Then visit the Hexham Christmas Fair where you can shop for unique presents.

If you love Christmas carols, join us for songs by the Bedford Prep School and Pilgrims School choirs while browsing the stalls at the Bedfordshire Christmas Fair.

And if all of this Christmas shopping makes you feel hungry, stop into a Co-op store ­where their range of festive sandwiches will support us to provide health and social care services in the UK.  More