First aid

When a huge earthquake hit Nepal, our planning paid off

Nepal-Red-Cross-helps-older-woman-BLOGIn 2012 the Red Cross began a programme to get people in and around Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, ready for disasters.

It’s part of a country-wide initiative bringing together the Red Cross, the UN, the country’s government, and other organisations.

The wisdom of planning for the worst became horribly clear six months ago, when a huge earthquake struck Nepal. More

Halloween first aid tips

A little boy dressed as a Halloween vampire clutches his sprained ankleAcross the UK, something very strange is happening. Children are growing fangs, riding broomsticks and turning into pumpkins. It can only mean one thing: Halloween.

If you are trick-or-treating or entertaining children at home, meet some cheeky little monsters with first aid tips to keep your family safe. More

Shoreham air disaster seen through the eyes of our volunteers


The British Red Cross is a familiar sight at the scene of emergencies and major incidents in the UK, and in the case of the Shoreham Airshow disaster we were there right from the start.

One month after the worst UK airshow accident in 63 years, the Red Cross is continuing to support those affected through its dedicated support line.

Immediate reaction

When the accident took place on the first day of the Shoreham Airshow in August, volunteers and staff from our Kent and Sussex teams were already there providing first aid cover for the event.

So as the incident unfolded, 10 event first aiders, four ambulances and two specially designed first aid vehicles were ready to respond.


A muddy marvellous idea…

TM-RC-muddyGood luck to everyone tackling the South London Tough Mudder event this weekend. As you’re slipping and sliding through the obstacle course, you can be sure that a very special team of people have got your back… 

TM-startEach year, Red Cross volunteers help out at Tough Mudder events throughout the UK.

TM-BatmanLast year in Hampshire, for example, 20,000 people ran, swam… More

‘Would you like some CPR with that..?’

Pizza-heart-BLOGA pizza delivery boy got more than he bargained for when he came across a life-threatening emergency – but he had a first aid trick or two up his sleeve.

Anson Lemmer probably thought he’d got an easy summer job.

After all, working as a pizza delivery boy in a sunny, sleepy Colorado town doesn’t sound too demanding.

But just two days in, during his very last order of the night, the pressures of Anson’s job took a sudden spike. More

The man who invented CPR

Dr-James-Jude-BLOGDr James Jude died last week – but his pioneering medical work continues to save countless lives every year.

These days, pretty much everyone knows what you should do if someone collapses and stops breathing.

The signature CPR position (kneeling over someone and pushing rhythmically on their chest) is recognised across the world. It has featured in countless movies and TV medical dramas over the years.

It works, too. Giving simple chest compressions can keep casualties alive for those precious few minutes before professional help arrives. More

Is that a flake or a finger in your ice cream?

Ice-cream-with-finger-BLOGThey were serving up ice cream cones with a difference in south Devon this week, after a man accidentally cut off his own digit in a car door.

Some tales you just couldn’t make up.

Earlier this week, a poor chap sliced off his own pinky in a car door just minutes after buying an ice cream.
But one thing was about to go right with his day.

When he raced back to the ice cream van, geysering blood and carrying his own bloodied finger, cool-headed Ruby Duke was behind the counter. More