Let’s face it – the only thing that’s certain over the August Bank Holiday weekend is unpredictable weather. So here’s a list of things you can do whether the sun’s shining or the country’s shrouded in rain.

People walking in a garden1. Visit an open garden.

Members of the public open their gorgeous gardens and charge a few quid entry, which goes to support our work. We’ve got a couple Open Gardens scheduled over this weekend, but if there’s not one near you, why not search through upcoming dates?

2. Clean out your closets and donate your forgotten treasures to our charity shops.

If it’s chucking down rain, what better way to spend a day than unpacking your autumn clothes. And if you find anything that no longer fits, or doesn’t suit your style any more, your local Red Cross charity shop would love to take your donations.

Please call the shop before making a trip, as shops may be closed on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

3. Learn some first aid.

Another great rainy day activity – watch our first aid videos and practise basic first aid skills, like putting your partner in the recovery position. If you have kids, you should check out our dedicated Children first aid site. Make sure you know how to help them in an emergency, and quiz them on how what they should do if you’re ever in trouble.

You can also browse our list of first aid courses and see what we offer near you.

4. Sign up for the Great South Run.

Get your rear in gear and join our team for the Great South Run. What better way to make sure you stay fit as the summer draws to a close, while raising money to help people around the world? The run’s on 24 October, so you’ll be well-justified in stuffing your mouth over the holidays.

5. Start planning a fundraising event.

It might not seem like it, but the holidays are just around the corner. Get together with your friends and brainstorm fantastic events you could put on to raise money and support our work.

We’ve got local fundraisers ready to help, so contact us and let us know your ideas.

Any other ideas you can think of?

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