Category: Fundraising and events

Red Cross runner raises (and loses) many pounds

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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

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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.”

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Marathon task for the ‘human hamster’

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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

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People help an old man to walk

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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.

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

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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!

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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

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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