Category: Fundraising and events

What the truck..? Big Dave’s 16-ton challenge


Truck-challenge-BLOGPeople have done all kinds of wacky things to raise money for the British Red Cross – but even for us, dragging a truck across a car park might just be a first.

Okay: so the skydiving 86-year-old granny was impressive. And that ‘human hamster’ chap who continuously ran around a track for 24 hours was something else.

But in terms of sheer implausibility, Dave Murray’s Herculean challenge – pulling a 16-ton truck for a back-breaking 60 yards – takes some beating. More

Thanks for another brilliant Red Cross Week


Team Red Cross

You did us proud with your fundraising prowess last week – and there’s still plenty of time to send in your life-saving cash.

Red Cross Week may be over for another year, but that doesn’t mean the fun ends here.

You can still get your fix of amazing challenges and events over the coming months: from family-friendly walks to moonlit cycle rides.

In the meantime, let’s look back on what you got up to over six action-packed days.

Hair-raising antics

You certainly pulled out all the stops to raise money. Some of you lost hair, dignity and the ability to sit down in your bid to help out a good cause. More

One man, one week of extraordinary feats


Jonny and schoolkids

What started as a casual chat last year, ended up as ‘Challenge Jonny’: a series of fun and imaginative dares, from dressing up as a frog to going back to school. And Jonny’s doing it all over again for Red Cross Week 2015.

Red Cross Week is a busy time for Jonny Baxter. So far, he’s taken part in a marathon, helped in a pop-up shop and climbed up local Cave Hill for a Red Shoe Walk. And just the other day, he started growing a sponsored moustache – which apparently lost him the respect of most of his peers.

“When I went to the gym and saw my friends, they thought I was making a strange fashion decision,” he says. “Apparently, it was creepy.” More

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