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UK floods – tales of hardship and hope


British Red Cross volunteers are never short of motivation when it comes to helping people in need. And as our chief executive Mike Adamson has been finding out, they have had a particularly busy festive period.

It has been a hugely testing few weeks for communities affected by flooding. It’s difficult to imagine the hardship people are going through.

Countless homes and businesses have been damaged, while roads and bridges have been swept away. There is little we can do to stem the force of the flood waters, but we can help people recover.


Cumbria floods – the clean-up begins


A cricket club in Carlisle

Homes across the UK are bedecked in festive cheer as people get ready for Christmas.

But there’s far less merriment to be found in areas hit by flooding from Storm Desmond. For these communities, it’s a case of salvaging what they can.

“We were evacuated from our home and an hour later there was fast-flowing water halfway up the front door,” said Robert Bromley, 22, from Kendal.


Forget Black Friday – shop for deals on Red Thursday

Black and silver clutch bag by Alexander McQueen

This Alexander McQueen clutch could be yours…

Get your gift list sorted today and avoid Black Friday shopping madness. Check out our discounts, special offers and goodies from the likes of Chanel, Gucci, Dolce&Gabbana and Alexander McQueen.

Black Friday is almost here. Stores will slash prices on a handful of items in the run up to Christmas. The best deals disappear fast amidst crowds and chaos. But today, there is another way.

Stress-free festive shopping

Today we’re celebrating Red Thursday in our shops up and down the UK. More

The day that everything changed for this refugee girl

Drawing of refugee family home in Syria

When a rocket shattered their home and injured their daughter, Mohammad and Kamaar’s family fled Syria. They thought it would be a short-term move until the fighting stopped.

Three years later, they are living in Glasgow – talking to photographer Conor Ashleigh about starting over as refugees.

Before the war in Syria, Mohammad, Kamaar and their seven children lived a wonderful life.

Mohammad was a very successful businessman. His thriving company employed 25 people. He provided for his family and was proud he could help so many in his community when they were in need.

Mohammad today.

Mohammad shows me photos of his house. A house is an understatement – it is an absolute dream home.

But after building it and living there for only six months, a rocket attack destroyed the house.

The blast left one of his little girls almost completely deaf.

Very quickly, the family’s dream life had become a nightmare.

Please donate to our Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal.


Refugee families – how to move on after war and heartache

Sri Lanka refugee family Glasgow 1

Photographer Conor Ashleigh spent six weeks getting to know refugee families from around the world. They were all split up on long and desperate journeys, before finally reuniting in Glasgow to start their lives over. Now Conor reflects on some of their moving stories and friendships.

Starting a new life in a new country is always difficult. I recently moved to Scotland from Australia.

But, unlike the families I’ve been photographing for a British Red Cross project, I chose to come here.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve spent time with families from Syria, Iran and Sri Lanka. These families didn’t have the freedom to choose between staying at home and leaving for the UK. Nor do they know when, if at all, they can return home.  More

Six reasons you can’t live without our emergency app

We’ve just launched our free emergency app, packed with great features to help you before, during and after a crisis.

We think it’s a must for your phone – here are six reasons to hit download today.

Near Brcko district,  Bosnia and Herzegovina, two weeks after the floods -  ©IFRC/Nicole Robicheau

©IFRC/Nicole Robicheau

1. From blizzards to blackouts, the app has it covered

The app features clear and straightforward advice, telling you how to prepare for and cope with a huge range of emergencies.

There are tips for: car breakdowns, chemical emergencies, crowd incidents, droughts, fires, flooding, flu pandemics, heatwaves, overseas travel emergencies, power cuts, severe winter weather, storms and terrorism.

So whatever life throws at you, there’s a good chance our app can help. More

The refugee doctor who can’t wait to help you

Amir refugee Sudan doctor

Amir was living a happy and ordinary life in Sudan. He was married with children and had a good job. But a few years ago, he was forced to flee after being tortured, stabbed and left for dead.

Amir Ali Bob lives in the UK with his wife Wegdan and their five children, aged 5 to 13.

Before fleeing Sudan as refugees, Amir was an obstetrician and Wegdan a GP. They are now doing whatever they can to practise as doctors again – taking exams, improving their English – so they can help the country the family now call home.

But how did they get to this point? Amir tells us their story. More