Category: Fundraising and events

Guilt-free shopping still in fashion


Last week, we opened a pop-up boutique to celebrate 100 years of our charity shops. Hundreds of people have already snapped up donations from the big names of fashion, but there’s still time to bag some goodies – all for a good cause.

If you’re near London’s iconic Covent Garden this weekend, take some time to ‘pop into’ our new pop-up shop before it closes on Sunday.

Every penny we raise there will help people in crisis. And it’s all been inspired by our first-ever charity shop, opened 100 years ago. More

Red Cross runner raises (and loses) many pounds


Sometimes, running is about much more than just the race. For Liz Strain, it meant laying some old demons to rest – while raising money for the organisation she loves. This is her story.

Liz-Strain-Scottish-runner-BLOGI’ve always battled with my weight. For many years, I had quite an addictive relationship with food. Though I often dieted, I always put the pounds back on later – and even added more.

But losing both my beloved parents a few years ago was a real wake-up call.

It made me question what my life priorities were, and I resolved to finally do something that would have made them both proud: get fit. More

Young Muslims reach dizzy new heights for charity


Three Peaks Challenge finish

How does it feel to scale three mountains in a row? Dr Aziz Hafiz knows the answer. This year, he had to get a group of young Muslims fit and ready for their biggest-ever fitness challenge…

Aziz is vice-president of AMYA, Britain’s largest and oldest Muslim youth association – and proud chair of its hiking club.

The group always takes on an annual challenge for charity. But so many people wanted to do the Three Peaks Challenge this year – hiking Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – that he had to turn some away.

“Everyone was so excited,” Aziz tells me. “But it didn’t go exactly to plan.”


Marathon task for the ‘human hamster’


Max NewtonBLOGThis weekend, Max Newton plans to run 130 miles non-stop round a race track for 24 hours. But what on earth for…?

Ever watched a hamster going full pelt on a running wheel and thought: just how does it keep going like that?

Many spectators may well be thinking much the same thing on Saturday when Max Newton takes on an epic and very unusual challenge. More

Supporters Tweet and dig deep for Red Cross in Gaza and Israel



People help an old man to walk


Every day the Red Cross and Red Crescent brings health care, clean water and other vital help to people affected by the crisis in Gaza and Israel. To fund this work, our supporters are digging deep and making donations large and small to the British Red Cross Gaza and Israel Appeal.

People have been making payments online, over the phone, by post and in plenty of other ways too. But how else have they supported the appeal?

As well as opening their wallets, they’ve been asking friends and family to give too – bringing in even more donations. Our appeal launched on July 24, and within hours people were spreading the word on Twitter.