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Shop for Grenfell: Why we’re turning donations into cash

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The Red Cross is selling excess donations made in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire – ©BritishRedCross/MattPercival

The local community response in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire has been awe-inspiring. Tonnes of clothes and other items have been donated to help victims of the London fire.

The council asked people to kindly stop donating as they soon had more than enough donations.

Now the British Red Cross has been asked to help turn some of the remaining donated clothes into cash for people affected by the fire.

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Meet the former heroin addict helping Grenfell Tower fire victims

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Carl volunteers for the Red Cross

Photo credit: Lexi Finnigan / British Red Cross

For the latest information on how we are using your donations to support people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, click here to read our update.

“If you saw me walking towards you at night you would be scared. The tattoos, the shaved head, the missing teeth. I get that, I understand that. People judge me by the way I look but once they speak to me I can explain. I’ve done a lot of taking in my life and now it’s time to give something back.”

Carl Chant is a 43-year-old ex-heroin addict from Llanelli, near Swansea. After being abused at the age of 12, he ran away from home and after living on the streets spent 13 years on and off in prison for robbery, drug dealing and burglary.

Today he sits at a British Red Cross table outside the Westway Sports Centre in west London – registering and supporting those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Why I’m volunteering to help victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

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The incredible generosity in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire has seen people from all walks of life volunteering to help. The British Red Cross drafted in trained volunteers from across the country to help. Three volunteers share their stories. 

For the latest information on how we are using your donations to support people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, click here to read our update.

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Debi Haden, 50, a psychosocial support team member, from Norfolk

When you see the enormity of the situation, you can’t be anything but compelled to do something. I can’t change what has happened, I can’t take away the feelings people are experiencing, or what they’ve seen.

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Grenfell Tower fire: ‘People must get the support they need after traumatic events’

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In the aftermath of terrible events like the Grenfell Tower fire and the recent London and Manchester terror attacks, it’s so important people get the support they need.

Sarah Davidson, head of psychosocial at the British Red Cross, explains how we can support ourselves and our loved ones in times of trauma.

For the latest information on how we are using your donations to support people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, click here to read our update.

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Grenfell Tower fire: How to help London fire victims

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For the latest information on how we are using your donations to support people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, click here to read our update.

There has been an overwhelming response from the UK public to help those affected by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire.

Here’s what you need to know about the situation and how you can help.

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Raising money for Manchester and London attacks – how your donations will help

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unity-blogWithin the last two weeks we have seen two terrible attacks in the UK. Amid the terror and horror there have been multiple acts of kindness and generosity as communities across the cities, country and the world have rallied.

Members of the public, celebrities, businesses and sports stars have all given generously to two funds to support those affected – the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and the UK Solidarity Fund.

But what’s the difference and how will your donations be spent? Here’s all you need to know about them.

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First aid tips for trampoline fun

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Indoor trampoline parks have popped up across the UK to feed kids’ love of bouncing. Some of us have also bought trampolines for our gardens.

While they provide hours of fun and a good dose of exercise, from time to time accidents may happen.

Staff at indoor trampoline parks are usually trained in first aid. But one study found that trampolining injuries were the biggest cause of exercise-related injuries in the home.*

So get clued up with our top first aid tips for some common bounce-related injuries.

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