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All Together Now for a Christmas number one!


No, you didn’t misread that title. This year, the British Red Cross is aiming for the top of the charts.

Many members of Britain’s rock royalty have come together to record a Christmas song for the British Red Cross – and you can buy a copy now!

A host of music stars – going under the name The Peace Collective – have recorded The Farm’s 1990 hit song, All Together Now. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross and Shorncliffe Trust.

Fittingly, given the Red Cross’ leading role in commemorating the First World War centenary, the song was inspired by the famous Christmas Day Truce that occurred in the trenches in 1914. More

‘Oh, yes they did.’ How First World War nurses put on a pantomime

Xmas-pantoOur Red Cross nurses saw untold horrors and worked themselves to exhaustion during the First World War – but many still found time to put on a Christmas pantomime.

As most of us settle in for another warm, well-fed festive season, it seems almost incredible to think of how different life was for many Britons a hundred years ago.

That’s certainly the case for the Red Cross nurses – known as Voluntary Aid Detachments – who served in military hospitals across Europe during the Great War.

These young women (and sometimes they were very young) saw and dealt with scenes that are unimaginable to us now. More

Our transport volunteers: a million miles of goodness

Volunteers Eric Beckley, Sue Hartley and Geoff Vaulter (with service user Valerie Sharp seated in car).

Volunteers Eric Beckley, Sue Hartley and Geoff Vaulter (with service user Valerie Sharp seated in car).

Meet the unsung heroes who clock up half a million miles every year taking cancer patients to hospital – and find out how you could help too.

Most people don’t even know the British Red Cross has a transport support service. But we do, and it’s a real cracker.

In Somerset, there’s an especially nice project that helps cancer patients who are either without transport or too unwell to drive.

On a daily basis, our volunteers drive people from their homes to two cancer treatment centres in Bristol and Taunton. And just check out these figures. Each year:

70 volunteer drivers help…

1,000 cancer patients, clocking up…

500,000 miles in the process. More

Art from the past: a Christmas picture made with toothpaste

Toothpaste landscape blog

Every month, we dust off a piece of art from the British Red Cross collection to give it the attention it deserves. This snowy picture is like many others you see around Christmas. Except it was made in extraordinary circumstances – with some ingenious ingredients.

Whether or not it’s a white Christmas this year, the scene shown in this picture is a familiar – and cherished – one.

It looks like the kind you see on many a festive card: with a river flowing under a bridge, lots of conifer trees, and a snow-topped church in the background.

But appearances can be deceiving. This picture is a bit more special than that, as a prisoner of war (POW) drew it with toothpaste in the Second World War. More

Black Friday: how to survive it

Xmas-shopping-crowd-BLOGThe Thanksgiving shopping bonanza is the latest American import to reach these shores – but who knew getting a bargain could be such dangerous work?

They came; they saw; they had a dust-up.

As the clock struck twelve last night, thousands of ravenous bargain-hunters crammed themselves into Britain’s stores – closely followed by scores of police officers.

While speakers rang out with Tis the season to be jolly, numerous scuffles and punch-ups erupted in the aisles as shoppers jostled for heavily discounted goods. More

Cast your vote before the general election

Prime Minister David Cameron chats to British Red Cross chief executive Mike Adamson at the Conservative party conference 2014.

Prime Minister David Cameron chats to British Red Cross chief executive Mike Adamson.

As the UK heads towards the general election next year, we’re shouting louder than ever about the issues that matter to you – and we need your help to see things change.

Have you checked out our online ‘pledge’ map?

By filling out a short form, you can pin support for key issues: from asylum to health care.

Around 350 of you have already done just that – and we hope to boost this number over coming months.

After all, the general election is just around the corner (next May), so there’s no better time to make sure parliament’s listening.

Politicians have the power to change policy – but we’re the ones who can push them. Which issues matter most to you? More

‘Have yourself a very Red Cross Christmas…’

With only a month to go until the unwrapped pressies and stuffed turkey (and bellies), here are some ways to get into the festive spirit.

1. Buy our Christmas single

A bevy of music stars – going under the name The Peace Collective – have recorded The Farm’s 1990 hit song, All Together Now, to raise money for us. It’s released on 15 December.Xmas-single

Featured stars include Alexandra Burke, David Gray, Gabrielle, The Proclaimers, I Am Kloot, Holly Johnson, and band members from Massive Attack, Cast and The Sugababes.

Pre-order the Peace Collective single now: text GET PEACE to 84222 (Cost £1 plus standard rate) More

Meet Jess: the humble life-saver

Jess-Bradley-HCA-winner-BLOGJess Bradley has won a major award after saving the life of a man with a horrific injury – but she doesn’t see anything remarkable about her actions.

Today, Shetland Islander Jess Bradley was given a young heroes’ award by the British Red Cross.

And no wonder. Even a mere mention of the disturbing scene she had to deal with (helping a man with a deep gash in his neck) would be enough to make most people feel queasy.

But the trained first aider is surprisingly blasé about the whole incident. As she puts it: “I didn’t think it was anything remarkable – it was what I’d been trained to do, an instinct.” More