Fundraising and events

I’m dreaming of a Red Cross Christmas

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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

Strictly come dancing: 100 years of Red Cross dance

Men in fancy dressFrom fundraising balls to prisoner of war performances, the British Red Cross has seen people hit the dance floor for over a century. Sign up for our young people’s dance competition, or join us now for a waltz through the archives.

“Ballet Nonsense”

Our records show that many prisoners of war and internees turned to dance when they needed a little light entertainment. Many used their Red Cross food parcels to create props and costumes. More

Run the London Marathon in seven steps

Runner celebrates after completing the London Marathon for the British Red CrossThe London Marathon ballot has closed: are you in or out? If you didn’t get a place, you can run with Team Red Cross. Apply to run the London Marathon 2016.

If you were one of the lucky folk who got a place, why not use your run to raise money for a fantastic cause? All your training can help people in crisis when you fundraise for the British Red Cross.

Demelza ran for Team Red Cross this year. If you’re running in 2016, read her seven top tips for taking on one of the world’s biggest – and best – races.



The man who’s putting himself in a refugee’s shoes

David after a rainy walk

Think your commute’s a bit rough? Well, David has given up trains and buses and now walks the 12-mile journey home after work. But it’s not in protest of public transport – it’s all to raise money for refugees.  

David Farrow has a busy, demanding job. For the last four years, he has been working as a medical photographer at Epsom and St Helier hospitals in Surrey.

But after he clocks off work, he now faces a daily challenge before he can go home, eat some dinner and switch on a box set.

Whenever he can, he walks the three-and-a-half hour journey home to where he lives in Reigate.

Why? David is raising money for refugees. He’s doing it by covering the distance someone from Syria would have to walk from Damascus to London, in the anxious search for a safer home.

And he has another 4,060 kilometres (2,523 miles) to go.


The student who fought Ebola fear with facts and plantain

© Stephen Ryan and IFRC

© Stephen Ryan and IFRC

When Rachel went to Liberia last year, she watched as Ebola spread across the country. Back in the UK, she knew she had to do something to help all the friends she had made there.

While student Rachel Ayrton was in Liberia last year, she saw cases of Ebola crop up around the country.

She didn’t know then that it would spiral into a devastating outbreak of disease across most of West Africa.

Nor that she would end up pausing her PhD to raise thousands of pounds to help. More

How watching STOMP could help save a life

Stomp British Red Cross

STOMP started as a British street show in 1991. Two decades later, its dancers tour around the globe to packed-out audiences. For one night only, you can see them in Dance Power – and they say that you’re in for a treat.

On October 11, Dance Power will light up London’s West End with stars and dance legends from around the world. Hosted by Strictly Come Dancing star Anton du Beke, the exciting show will include Paco Pena, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and the cast of STOMP.

Even if you’ve never seen STOMP on stage, you’ve almost certainly heard of them. They manage to find creative ways of using everyday items, such as brooms, dustbins and washing machines, to drum fast-paced beats. It’s a special mix of theatre, dance and comedy.

They took part in our first-ever Dance Power, 16 years ago – and they’re ready to do it all over again for 2015. Below is a little sneak preview of what to expect, courtesy of cast members Rob and Andrew… More

From Celtic FC to a caring schoolboy, how you’re supporting refugees

Refugees stand in a queueWhen Oliver Hall heard about the plight of refugees, he wanted to do his bit to help.

The seven-year-old schoolboy drew a picture, called ‘Lost on the Road’, about people who have had to walk long distances.

Oliver, who has autism, said he simply wanted to help someone start a new life by raising a bit of money.

His mum, Charlotte, was going to buy the picture from him, until a friend suggested auctioning it on ebay.

Incredibly, the bid at the time of writing stood at a fantastic £82. Money raised will go towards our Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal.