Post relating to the British Red Cross in the United Kingdom

Museum of the year finalist brings Red Cross history to life

Auxiliary hospital ward

For a limited time only, you can step back in time and experience what life in a Red Cross hospital would have been like during the First World War.

In 1917, the Georgian house at Dunham Massey was transformed into a fully functioning military hospital. The grand furniture and heirlooms were swapped for hospital beds and medical equipment and the family home became Stamford Military Hospital.

Stamford Military Hospital was, like thousands of auxiliary hospitals across the country, a temporary facility for wounded servicemen.

Here, British Red Cross volunteers provided vital care for hundreds of ill and injured soldiers seeking sanctuary after the horrors of the trenches.


Wimbledon: the alternative survival guide

Wimbledon-blog-full-sizeIt’s not only the players who get injured at big sporting occasions. We take a light-hearted look at the hidden dangers of Britain’s classic summer event .

1. Feeling the burn

Blazing-sun-BLOGThe sun’s blazing down on Murray Mound, and you’re riveted as the unsmiling Scotsman blasts out another scorching game on the big screen. Then it suddenly dawns that you’re sore to the touch and your head looks like a beetroot. Oh, dear. More

I thought: ‘Volunteering? I could do that…’

Yvonne-Croft-WEBMeet the woman who was so inspired by our support during her own hour of need that she now wants to become a volunteer.

Sometimes, the most rewarding relationships begin in the strangest places.

When Yvonne Croft first came across the British Red Cross, she was recovering from a broken ankle at Leeds General Infirmary.

Doctors had judged her fit to leave hospital, but she was still a bit uncertain on her feet.

And because she lives alone and has steps leading up to her flat, hospital staff were very concerned about her returning home alone. More

When first aid is an extreme sport

Ten-Tors-helicopter-volunteer-BLOGLong hours? Check. Remote locations? Check. Sleeping outdoors during a howling gale? No problem. Meet the hardcore first aiders who just can’t say no.

Mention the words ‘Ten Tors’ to a Devon teenager and they’ll most likely shudder with dread.

No wonder. The annual Ten Tors challenge – a gruelling, two-day event – has become a rite of passage for thousands of young people living across the south west of England. And it’s brutal.

Ten-Tors-girls-jumping-Saturday-BLOGEach May, 2,400 hardy souls spend a weekend trekking up to 55 miles across the desolate slopes of Dartmoor and over several ‘tors’ [small hills]. The ground’s uneven. The terrain’s hard to navigate. Weather conditions can be treacherous.

Even worse, the teenagers carry heavy backpacks. They sleep out in tents, whatever the weather. Oh, and they’re trekking against the clock. More

The secret to surviving a severed hand

Photograph: BBC Wales News

When Edryd Jones accidentally power-sawed off his own hand, he thought it was curtains. But he had a secret weapon: quick-thinking neighbours.

It sounds like something from a shlock-horror movie.

Late last year, retired teacher Edryd Jones was cutting through wooden planks in his bedroom as part of a DIY project, when the unthinkable happened.

He told The Guardian: “I didn’t realise my hand had gone until I went to pick up a piece of wood and it wasn’t there. It was on the floor. I thought I was going to bleed to death.” More

Art from the past: time to play in the open air

Play in the open air cropped

Every month, we dust off a piece of art from the British Red Cross collection to give it the attention it deserves. This poster was aimed at children in 1945 – in a bid to get them healthy after years of war and hardship.

How often do days go by when you barely spend five minutes outside? Just a quick jump into the car, some gulps of air-conditioned air, and then maybe a pause by that window view of high-rises and concrete?

Well, if you were part of the Junior Red Cross, you’d actually be breaking one of the ‘health laws’.

After war and sickness ravaged Europe in the early 20th century, there was a shift to a more holistic mind-set.

Suddenly, being healthy was part of your civic duty – and getting outside shot to the top of the list.