Category: Fundraising and events

It’s Red Cross Week – so what are you up to so far?


We’re halfway through Red Cross Week – and as usual you’re blowing us away with your passion and creativity as you raise lots of life-saving cash.

Here are just some of the things you’ve been up to for Red Cross Week. You’re certainly keeping our Twitter feed busy with some ‘interesting’ photos…

Blink and you’ll miss it

Take this weeping angel, the stuff of nightmares. We reckon it’s safe to drop some money into the bucket if you run very fast and try not to blink. Who knew that Doctor Who villains were such a charitable bunch?


Easy peasy cake recipe that’s 100 years old

© Jonathan Banks/BRC

© Jonathan Banks/BRC

Raising money for a good cause doesn’t have to mean running a marathon or throwing yourself out of an aeroplane. You can change people’s lives with just a whisk and a mixing bowl.

Let’s face it: we all need the extra sugar to get our mojo back now the bank holiday’s gone. But did you know that a large slice of cake could raise life-saving money for Red Cross Week?

After all, the quickest way to someone’s heart is through the stomach. More

Easier than ever to change the world


These days, you can give money to charity while drawing out cash or just by sending a text. But things were a bit different 100 years ago, when people were starting to dig deep – in some interesting ways.  

Red Cross Week starts on Sunday – so it’s the time of year when people wear silly red wigs and eat an awful lot of cake to raise us life-saving money.

It all goes to help people in crisis: whether that’s someone homeless in Nepal or a person in Penrith who desperately needs a wheelchair.

If you’re still wondering how to join in with Red Cross Week, you could look to the past for inspiration. Check out these inventive ways people raised money 100 years ago, during the First World War – and then see what you can get up to today.


Sing the anthem to the king

Teacher, dog saver – and London Marathon runner


Demelza crisis 2

This weekend, Demelza will take on the London Marathon. While training, she’s faced everything from rescuing a dog to restarting a woman’s heart.

Demelza, 34, insists she was completely unfit. She is definitely not, what they call, ‘a runner’.

But she’s come a long way – soon it will be 26 miles, in fact.

As we gear up to Red Cross Week 2015, we ask: what made her take on one of the biggest running challenges on the planet? More

Six crazy ways to be a life-saver


Want to get ‘one up’ on that friend planning a six-minute mile at the London Marathon? Or outdo your mate who’s climbing yet another mountain? Here are some ways to stand out from the crowd.

There are loads of fun ways to raise money for Red Cross Week (3-9 May). You could shake a collection tin or bake some cakes, hold a bingo night or sign up to a walk.

Whatever you do, it’ll make a massive difference to people in need.

1) Dress up as your diva of choice

Gaga pic More

Ten reasons to step away from the screen and get outside

© friedmanwd and istockphoto

© friedmanwd and istockphoto

Here’s the perfect way to knock back some fresh air and say hello to spring – and it’s all for a good cause.

From now until September, you can visit hundreds of gardens to raise life-saving cash – including some never seen before.

Not only will you get your daily dose of green space, but many are a whole day out in themselves: with mazes, woodland walks, treasure hunts and cream teas.

Prepare for a few surprises. Here are just a few things you can see and do:

1. Hang out with an alpaca


The hottest fashion ticket in town


Dior fashion catwalk show 1954

Sixty years ago, it was the talk of the country: a catwalk so lavish and starry, it would give today’s London Fashion Week a run for its money. And the British Red Cross had a front-row seat.

It’s 1954.

Sixteen models strut through the corridors of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire – past the marble statues, tapestries and keen faces of British royalty.

Move over Harry Styles and Alexa Chung – sitting on the front row of this fashion show were the lofty likes of Princess Margaret and socialite Lady Astor.

In fact, it was a moment that prompted The Telegraph to gush: “Paris came to Blenheim by air and rail…in a cloud of Dior perfume.”

So why did it cause such a stir? More

Astronaut thinks Red Cross is out of this world


SpacemanChris Hadfield – the famous singing astronaut – is donating all the profits from his latest book to the Red Cross.

He’s the moustachioed, Canadian spaceman who captivated the world last year.

Thanks to him, most of us now know how astronauts sleep or whether you can cry in space.

A mind-boggling 22 million people watched him sing and play David Bowie’s Space Oddity thousands of miles above the earth.

And now the retired commander has pulled off his latest stellar feat – donating all the profits from his latest book to us. More