Category: Fundraising and events

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

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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

All Together Now for a Christmas number one!


No, you didn’t misread that title. This year, the British Red Cross is aiming for the top of the charts.

Many members of Britain’s rock royalty have come together to record a Christmas song for the British Red Cross – and you can buy a copy now!

A host of music stars – going under the name The Peace Collective – have recorded The Farm’s 1990 hit song, All Together Now. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross and Shorncliffe Trust.

Fittingly, given the Red Cross’ leading role in commemorating the First World War centenary, the song was inspired by the famous Christmas Day Truce that occurred in the trenches in 1914. More

‘Have yourself a very Red Cross Christmas…’


With only a month to go until the unwrapped pressies and stuffed turkey (and bellies), here are some ways to get into the festive spirit.

1. Buy our Christmas single

A bevy of music stars – going under the name The Peace Collective – have recorded The Farm’s 1990 hit song, All Together Now, to raise money for us. It’s released on 15 December.Xmas-single

Featured stars include Alexandra Burke, David Gray, Gabrielle, The Proclaimers, I Am Kloot, Holly Johnson, and band members from Massive Attack, Cast and The Sugababes.

Pre-order the Peace Collective single now: text GET PEACE to 84222 (Cost £1 plus standard rate) More