Category: Fundraising and events

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.


Young dancers raise the roof at final of Dance: Make Your Move


Over 4,000 young people danced their socks off at the recent final of our annual competition, Dance: Make Your Move. Each school performed a routine inspired by the British Red Cross – raising thousands of pounds for charity.

The young stars, aged four to 18, wowed a panel of judges that included members from top dance group, Diversity.

In the months leading up to the final on 13 July, dancers across the UK showed off their moves in dozens of local and regional heats.

But on the day, it was down to 14 teams to battle it out at London’s O2 for a chance to win the junior and senior categories. More

Join the great British grub grab!


Lloyds_31259_JoelFrom 3-5 July, there will be a huge food collection drive to help the increasing number of families hit by food poverty. Registration for this event has now closed but do take a look at other volunteering opportunities.

Have you noticed we don’t hear much about the recession anymore?

These days, the news bulletins are full of housing bubbles and improved employment figures. All seems rosy again.

But for millions across the country, living with the effects of the recent downswing is still a daily struggle. And nowhere is it more visible than at the meal table. More

From Lady Gaga to jumping out of a plane – what you got up to in Red Cross Week 2014

Red Cross fundraisers holding a sign saying thank you

©BritishRedCross – MatthewPercival

Red Cross Week 2014 promised to be spectacular and it certainly lived up to the billing as our fantastic supporters went all out to raise money for the British Red Cross.

From the eccentric to the downright bizarre, we have seen some truly amazing fundraising efforts and there is still time to get involved or make a donation.  

How about this little number from Chertesy fundraiser Mick MacDonald, who spent Friday dressed as popstar Lady Gaga and has so far raised more than £1,100! More

Open Gardens history: from ancient hall to Red Cross hospital


Capesthorne Hall imagesEvery year, hundreds of homes open their gardens to raise us life-saving funds. On Monday 12 May, Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire will throw its doors open – and you will find plenty of British Red Cross history, as well as horticulture.

Capesthorne Hall has 100 acres of garden and, at this time of year, they are blooming with bluebells and rhododendrons.

Step into the stately home (at a reduced fee for charity), and you could spot the ‘red cross’ emblem within one or two of the paintings. More

Red Cross road trip – Marvin’s Albanian odyssey

Matt, Alex and Ivan pictured with their hosts in Albania

We’ve arrived! Matt, Alex and Ivan dropping off the bus in Tirana – ©MattEdwards

When it comes to Red Cross Week, there is no shortage of people doing weird and wonderful events to raise money.

We’ve seen people donning fancy dress, baking cakes, doing sponsored walks, holding pet beauty competitions, dressing up like Lady Gaga… the list goes on!

But three friends deserve special mention for covering more than 2,000 miles in their fundraising adventure. More

Following in the footsteps of second world war refugee grandmother

Viviane's grandmother, Ilse

Viviane’s grandmother, Ilse

Viviane is getting ready to run the equivalent of around 80 marathons: starting from Poland and ending in Spain. But that’s not even the most amazing bit. It’s all inspired by her grandmother’s story…

Viviane’s grandmother, Ilse, was just 19 years old when she had to flee her home in Germany at the end of the second world war. Not knowing whether her family had survived the Russian invasion, she escaped by plane – only for the plane to crash. More