Category: Fundraising and events

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

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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.

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The student who fought Ebola fear with facts and plantain

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© 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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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Burning 7,000 calories a day and still gaining pounds

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Ian Mitchell with his medal at the Ride 100 London event

Are you sitting comfortably? Spare a thought for Ian Mitchell – he’s in the saddle right now – pedalling his way from London to Barcelona. 

Ian’s gruelling 1,200 mile bike ride challenge begins today (13 August). It will take ten days and all the grit and determination he has.

Since training began Ian has dropped a stone in weight but the pounds have kept piling in – to his fundraising account that is.

We caught up with Ian before he set off to find out more about the ride and why he’s doing it.

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How will you orbit the tower?

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The orbit structure

Thrill-seekers are delighted that the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the tower built at the site of the London Olympics, is set to be transformed into the world’s biggest helter-skelter.

But what if you can’t wait for the giant slide to arrive to get your adrenaline fix? You can find your own way down this eye-popping structure with #TeamRedCross.

Ralph Ellis did just that when he took on our Orbit Abseil Challenge. More

How to spot a first aider at a flower show

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Flower beds

The sunshine and showers of our great British summer have done their work and gardens across the country are in full bloom. If you’re off to an outdoor event soon, you may see some of our volunteers in action. But would you be able to spot a first aider at a flower show?

The event first aider, member of the primo auxilium species, is a very special breed. While no two are the same, they do share some distinctive features which make them possible to identify – for those in the know.

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