Use your bank holiday for good with these five ideas – from donating unwanted clothes to a day out near you. Take your pick.

1. Gardens galore

British Red Cross Open Gardens ambassador Tamsin Westhorpe in her garden

Get out and about this bank holiday by visiting an Open Garden or share your own outdoor space with friends, family and neighbours with Proud of Your Garden.

Through Open Gardens you can pick from 200 gardens to visit in England and Wales – including some never seen before by the public. Some even offer cream teas, light lunches, plant sales, treasure trails and more.

With Proud of Your Garden you can organise a fundraising event in your own outdoor space, from tea parties to BBQs. The money you raise can help people here in the UK and around the world.

2. Torn Apart

Support our #TornApart campaign by asking your MP to help put refugee families back together – it only takes 30 seconds.

Refugee parents who have successfully claimed asylum in the UK are allowed to reunite with their family members. But not if their children are 18 or over.

Join our call to the Home Secretary to allow more young people to reunite with their families.

3. Whatever the weather

Mike Adamson Red Cross CEO at bake sale with Co-op staff from Malmsbury store as part of the Big Red Weekend.

Pop into your local Co-op between 26 and 29 August to support staff raising money through ‘Whatever the Weather’ – their summer-inspired fundraiser.

Following on from previous success, they’re hoping raise even more this weekend as part of their partnership with the Red Cross to tackle loneliness in communities across the UK.

If you can’t visit your store, you can make a donation online today.

4. Out with the old

A volunteer sorts a clothes rack in a British Red Cross shop

As the seasons begin to change, it’s time to clear out that closet. De-clutter and make a trip to a Red Cross shop with your unwanted goodies. You’ll help us raise money for our life-saving work in the UK and overseas.

Our shops sell donated clothes, accessories, household items and multimedia. We also have specialist shops which sell vintage clothing, second-hand furniture, bridal wear and other items.

5. South Sudan Crisis Appeal
A portrait of South Sudanese woman and child

Credit: Rose Sjölander/IFRC

The people of South Sudan are fighting to survive. The conflict has forced more than two million people to flee their homes. Families are barely surviving without food, shelter or clean water.

Red Cross volunteers on the ground are providing life-saving medical supplies, food and clean water to the wounded, sick and homeless. They are also helping to reunite devastated families torn apart by the fighting.

Brush up your knowledge of the country with 13 things you didn’t know about the world’s newest nation and please give what you can to our South Sudan Crisis Appeal today.