Becoming a filmmaker in Sierra Leone

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Group of kids wavingExciting day today. Last month I was in Sierra Leone and today, the two short films I produced on Red Cross programmes out there go live on the web. So, I know it’s a shameless plug but I hope you check them out.

Because I’m telling you, I’ve never worked so hard in my life – being a first time producer I had no idea what I was letting myself in for – it’s a really labour intensive job. But I loved every minute.

Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war ended in 2002 and since then the Red Cross has been helping people recover and build peace in communities that were torn apart by the conflict. I guess all civil wars are brutal and this one certainly didn’t buck the trend. I watched Sorius Samura’s documentary Cry Freetown before I went – it’s truly shocking. More

Preparing for the year ahead

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Ambulance with blue lights lit

I signed up for quite a few ambulance duties at my local Red Cross centre meeting last night. All of them were grass track duties, held at St Neots Autograss Club in Wyboston.

This was my first grass track event. Grass track racing is held up and down the country and involves varying amount of cars, either in the same class or an open-class event, hurtling around a mud (presumably once grass) track. I think it was in September – near the end of the season. I was part of a team of two/three ambulance crews, several first aiders and paramedic support. More

Welcome to Red Cross Radio!

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The British Red Cross is running a short series of podcasts. Every other Friday between 10 October and 21 November, we’ll be uploading a new episode of Red Cross Radio, our podcast programme featuring the incredible stories of our volunteers, staff and the people we’re helping in the UK and across the world.

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We welcome your suggestions and comments – whether complimentary or critical. Email us at podcasts@redcross.org.uk.

For more information, visit our podcasting page on our website.