Tag: volunteers

How one challenge led to another: climbing Mt Kilimanjaro for the British Red Cross

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Rachael trekking in Nepal

Rachael trekking in Nepal

This is a guest post by Rachael Fisher Hart, a British Red Cross supporter

On 29 January I’ll be facing one of the biggest challenges of my life: climbing Mt Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the British Red Cross.

Another challenge, and the British Red Cross worker who supported me when I needed it most, inspired me to take on this hard but rewarding adventure. More

Cyclone Pam: volunteers on the front line

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The amount of destruction caused by Cyclone Pam, which hit a string of Pacific islands last weekend, is still unknown. But we do know the disaster has left people in its path dead or injured, and many thousands homeless.

Aid workers from around the world have been racing to the countries affected, including Vanuatu, in the wake of the disaster.

But one team was in action before the cyclone had even arrived. More

Home alone: the real story

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Many older people find a hospital stay traumatic and unsettling. But for those who live alone, the real problems often start once they’re discharged.

Christmas was coming, but Sylvia Darby was feeling anything but festive.

After six long weeks in hospital being treated for double pneumonia, the Ipswich pensioner was finally ready to be discharged – but there was a big problem. More

Daniel’s story: safe burials can help end Ebola

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Daniel James stands in front of his Red Cross vehicleDaniel James has overcome a lot of fear to do his job.  His sister begged him not to do it. Even he wasn’t sure he could face the task ahead.

But after ten years of volunteering for the Red Cross, Daniel decided to accept the role of safely burying bodies infected by Ebola.

Please donate now to the Ebola Outbreak Appeal

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Meet Jess: the humble life-saver

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Jess-Bradley-HCA-winner-BLOGJess Bradley has won a major award after saving the life of a man with a horrific injury – but she doesn’t see anything remarkable about her actions.

Today, Shetland Islander Jess Bradley was given a young heroes’ award by the British Red Cross.

And no wonder. Even a mere mention of the disturbing scene she had to deal with (helping a man with a deep gash in his neck) would be enough to make most people feel queasy.

But the trained first aider is surprisingly blasé about the whole incident. As she puts it: “I didn’t think it was anything remarkable – it was what I’d been trained to do, an instinct.” More

A day to remember volunteers in the First World War

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Carol Haselwood's grandmother, Marjorie Edith Taylor.

Carol Haselwood’s grandmother, Marjorie Edith Taylor.

Every Remembrance Day, we pay our respects to the millions of people who died in the First World War. During those four years, the British Red Cross signed up thousands of volunteers to help the sick and wounded. And now our new archive is helping people learn about the volunteers in their own family – and discover some surprises.

Volunteer Carol Haselwood, 60, from Somerset, has been busy typing up our wartime records, from thousands of handwritten index cards. So far, she has gone through around 700 cards – and it was all triggered by her desire to get to the bottom of a family mystery.

“I’ve got a photo of my mother’s mother in what looks like a nurse’s uniform. It sparked some discussion with family members: one of them said my grandmother wasn’t a nurse, she was a cook.

“I thought, this is interesting – and when I went on the British Red Cross website, I realised my grandmother had been a VAD.” More

Dan Snow finds out family history facts in our First World War records

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Dan Snow First World War records

Broadcaster and historian Dan Snow knew very little about his great-grandmother’s role in the First World War – until he saw her records at the British Red Cross. We hold information on all our historical volunteers, from what they did to where they worked – and it’s now online for the very first time.

“My great-grandmother died 20 years ago, and being able to see her index card is as close as I’ve managed to get to her since then,” says Dan Snow, as he stands in our museum archive.

“She was clearly a young woman living an unimaginably difficult life, so different to the lady who I knew in her 90s.” More