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Ten blogs you shouldn’t miss

We’re looking back at the blogs that touched us most in 2014. Some put a smile on our face, while others just knocked us for six. These people aren’t household names and many of the issues weren’t headline news – but they’re all powerful stories. Have a read and see what you think.  

1) WHAT CHILDHOOD IS THIS?

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“How far is it to the hospital?”, we ask the boy’s father. He replies: “Four days by footing (walking).”

South Sudan. A nine-year old boy has a broken leg with an open wound. He’s in unbearable pain.

However, all the rain means that people can’t travel by road. More

Why first aid belongs on the school curriculum

School first aid BLOGThis morning’s call by politicians for schools to teach CPR skills is welcome – but only goes part of the way to addressing a thorny issue.

First, the good news.

Earlier today, the Labour Party announced its intention to teach all school pupils how to provide CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) for someone experiencing cardiac arrest.

So far, so good. Cardiac arrest can kill in minutes, so the more young people trained to help the better.

But suppose one of those CPR-trained pupils came across someone with a nasty cut or burn injury, or having an asthma attack. What would they be expected to do then? More

2014: the year in pictures

Thanks to supporters like you, we’ve been able to help people in crisis around the world in 2014. Here’s to a happy – and peaceful – New Year for everyone. 

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©British Red Cross

You may have caught our bright and shiny advert on television in January. The main message is that the British Red Cross is here to help people in crisis: whether it’s a catastrophic typhoon in the Philippines or someone like Peter (played by an actor in the advert), stranded at home after a stroke. Look out for the advert on your telly in January 2015.

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Finding freedom: Unique support groups help people live with HIV and TB

A group of men, women and children sit around a table

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On World AIDS Day, see how people living with HIV overcome discrimination and a host of other challenges.

Thousands of people in Kazakhstan are living with HIV and TB. Myths and and stigma about the illnesses can leave them cut off from society. They face discrimination at work, in hospitals and from their neighbours and even families. For many people, just finding a sympathetic ear can seem impossible.

But at support groups run by the Kazakhstan Red Crescent, with backing from the British Red Cross, they come together to relax, laugh and swap ideas and experiences. More

The curious tale of the ‘black doctor of Paddington’

Dr-John-Alcindor-BLOGA determined doctor who overcame bigotry and prejudice to help others during the First World War has finally won recognition. As Britain celebrates Black History Month, we trace his story.

John Alcindor was a gifted doctor, respected and trusted by his many patients.

Originally from Trinidad, John graduated with a medical degree from Edinburgh University in 1899. He then worked in London hospitals for several years before going into practice on his own.

When the First World War broke out in 1914, he naturally wanted to use his skills to help with the war effort.

But despite his qualifications and experience, he was rejected outright by the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1914 because of his ‘colonial origin’.

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Richard Osman helps a barefoot refugee

The 2013 National Television Awards (NTA's)  held at the O2 arena - Press Room  Featuring: Paul O'Grady,Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman Where: London, United Kingdom When: 23 Jan 2013

Richard poses with fellow presenter Alexander Armstrong

When a very tall refugee was left shoeless, the Pointless presenter literally stepped in – with his gallumphing size 14s – to help out.

This is a tall story, but not in the way you’d think.

Last week, a destitute asylum seeker approached our refugee support team in Belfast with an unusual cry for help – he desperately needed some new shoes.

The poor chap had been walking around in a pair of flip-flops since last Spring. And when one of them finally busted altogether, he was left hopping about barefoot in the rain. More