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British TV stars: ten reasons why we learned first aid

TamzinOuthwaite-Katherine-Kelly-thumbs-up-BLOGYou’ll know Tamzin Outhwaite and Katherine Kelly from TV shows New Tricks and Coronation Street. But their latest role is their most important yet – first aid mums.

Tamzin’s tips

1. After finishing the latest series of New Tricks, I created a bucket list of all the things I wanted to do over the next year – and it kicked off with the British Red Cross baby and child first aid course!

2. First aid makes people feel nervous (the idea of someone you love not being well or in distress is quite scary), but there was nothing intimidating at all about the course.

3. I’d like to be able to use first aid not just for my own children, but also if I’m ever in a situation where other children – or even adults – need help. More

Barbecue first aid: secrets of safe grilling

BBQ-steaks-BLOGMove over Great British Bake Off – there’s a new cookery programme in town. As BBQ Champ launches on TV tonight, here are some tips for a safe cooking experience.

Hooray! The forecast is good this weekend.

And after salivating over all those juicy steaks and flaming briskets on the telly tonight, plenty of people will be hitting the garden. Tongs will be wielded.

But barbecues are precarious things. Those crowds of people bustling around hot flames, prolonged sun exposure, the renowned British love of al fresco boozing. More

How I saved my ‘human fireball’ husband

Burned-hand-sitting-couple-BLOGWhen an explosive garden incinerator engulfed her husband in flames, Frances Lewis was at a loss what to do – until she remembered the first aid leaflet which had arrived in the post days earlier.

The first thing Frances heard was a huge bang.

Spinning round, she saw a ferocious fireball envelop her husband Oliver as he stood just yards away from her in their garden.

(He had been burning garden waste in an incinerator, when the petrol he was using exploded.)

Once the flames subsided, a traumatised Frances could immediately see her husband’s left forearm and hand were badly burned. More

Jools Oliver: who knew first aid was such fun?

JoolsOliver-laughing-BLOGAs our ‘Rapped Up’ first aid campaign for little ones hits the UK, the top celebrity mum explains why she decided it was time to learn life-saving skills.

Accidents always happen when you have children. And with four, I have my hands full.

My youngest, Buddy, has had a few incidents choking on food (due to laughing with his sisters at the dining table), so we always have to watch out.

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How to spot a first aider at a flower show

Flower beds

The sunshine and showers of our great British summer have done their work and gardens across the country are in full bloom. If you’re off to an outdoor event soon, you may see some of our volunteers in action. But would you be able to spot a first aider at a flower show?

The event first aider, member of the primo auxilium species, is a very special breed. While no two are the same, they do share some distinctive features which make them possible to identify – for those in the know.

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Video: Bling babies drop first aid rhymez

Yo, homies! Make some noise for the British Red Cross’ new first aid campaign for parents and children, which features rapping toddlers. (Yes, we did just say that.)

Mention the words ‘first aid awareness’ to most people, and it’s a fair bet the first thing they think of won’t be a gaggle of rapping babies and children.

Rapped up baby buggy BLOGBut of course, the golden rule for any awareness campaign is get people’s attention. And that’s exactly what our new ‘Rapped up’ campaign does.

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Happy feet: dancers shine on London stage (and meet Diversity!)

Dancers in a rowAfter months of rehearsals, costume fittings and fundraising, the big day was finally here.

Young dancers from across the UK performed on stage at London’s O2 on Sunday. They were competing for first prize in the annual British Red Cross Dance Make Your Move competition.

The performers were watched by nervous parents and friends, excited teachers, five prestigious judges and some very special celebrity guests. Some members of the dance group Diversity – Jordan Banjo, Sam and Mitchell Craske and Perri Kiely – came to cheer on the dancers and wish them luck in the competition. More

Video: ‘Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside’

Brighton-promenadeGrannies splashing in the sea? Eighty-year-olds on helter skelters? Welcome to a day at the seaside with the British Red Cross – Sixties style!

This’ll gladden your heart and warm your cockles – it’s a lovely film showing a Red Cross trip to Brighton 50 years ago (full video below).

Brighton-telescopeBack in 1965, our volunteers took a group of older women, many of whom lived alone and didn’t get out much, for a day trip to the coast. It was a highlight of their year.

You can see the happiness etched on their faces. As the narrator says: “One of [the ladies] said she couldn’t sleep for thinking of it.” More