Category: Fundraising and events

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

Red Cross Week – the fundraising begins!


Red Cross fundraisersRed Cross Week 2014 is well underway and our generous supporters across the country have been busy fundraising for the British Red Cross.

You can still get involved or make a donation today!

Our bucket collectors have been out making the most of the nice bank holiday weekend weather, as this array of Tweets and images show…


Red Cross Week is here, what are you going to do?

Red Cross fundraisers with a collection bucket


Red Cross Week 2014 has kicked off and, with thousands of events taking place across the UK, it promises to be spectacular.

We’re hoping to raise more than £1m, but we need your help! Even if it’s just shaking a collection bucket for an hour, every pound raised will make a huge difference.

Or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, there’s plenty of other ways to get involved.


Lending a hand to two independent women


Pauline Yardley takes after her mother. At 77 years of age, she is active, independent and never sits still for long. Her mother, Hilda, led an active life well past her centenary. Pauline was her mum’s full-time carer until she suffered a fall. In this blog, Beth Finch, health and social care coordinator in Leeds, tells how the Red Cross came to help the two independent women.

The Red Cross helped Pauline Yardley after she suffered a fall

The Red Cross helped Pauline Yardley after she suffered a fall

When we were first told about Pauline, we thought it would be a fairly straight forward case. She was struggling at home having just suffered a fall that resulted in a hip fracture. 

What we didn’t know was that Pauline, then aged 75, was an active, full-time carer for her 104-year-old mother. 


Tour de force – London to Paris in four days


Most people would just catch the Eurostar to go from London to Paris. Not Emma Moonlight. The 28-year-old fancies a challenge. Emma, from Nottingham, will be cycling 300 miles from London to Paris over four days from 23 July. As we gear up to Red Cross Week 2014, Emma tells the emotional story behind her endeavours… 

Picture of Emma on her bike

I know I’m a little crazy when it comes to challenging myself to do slightly extreme things, but I think signing up to cycle from London to Paris just about tops it!

Many of my friends and colleagues say I’m crazy for cycling to work through Nottingham’s horrendous rush hour traffic. In fact, most of them think I’m crazy for cycling eight miles each way, regardless of the traffic.

People who know me a little better, though, think I’m crazy to still be cycling at all. About four years ago my partner was knocked off his bike while commuting home from work. More