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‘’I was ready to die – but Rebecca brought the whole world back to me’

Kathy Malcolm and Rebecca OwenBLOGFor Kathy, it seemed like things would never get better again.

She had been diagnosed with a brain tumour. Her kidney failure, due to diabetes, meant dialysis treatment three times a week. She was slowly going blind. And to cap it all, she could no longer maintain her lovely big home.

The 64-year-old, from Llandudno, recalled: “I was at my lowest point – I was basically ready to die.” More

How your shopping trolley can help struggling families

FareShare-BLOGOur volunteers are currently collecting food donations at Tesco stores to support families hit by food poverty – and you can do your bit to help.

If you find yourself shopping at Tesco between now and Saturday, you could do someone a very good turn by throwing a couple of extra items in your basket.

A UK-wide food collection drive has just launched today, and our volunteers are on hand in many stores to accept non-perishable items. These include tinned goods, pasta, rice, tea, coffee, cereal and UHT milk. More

Who pays for your wheelchair?

WHHEL_OF_FORTUNE_600x337If you come a cropper and need a wheelchair, your best bet is to either get injured just a little or quite a lot. Confused? You should be.

Here are three interesting health facts you probably don’t know:

1. If you twist your ankle or get a small mobility injury, hospitals in the UK have to provide you with a ‘minor aid’ – such as crutches or a walking frame.

2. If you have a serious illness or injury that will mean long-term use of a wheelchair, hospitals are similarly obliged to provide the equipment. But…

3. If you need a wheelchair for a ‘short-term’ ailment (officially, anything lasting less than six months), then good luck. No official body has any responsibility to help.

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Art from the past: the ship model that Vietnamese refugees made from scrap

Ship model made by Vietnamese refugees

Every month, we’re dusting off a piece of art from the Red Cross collection to give it the attention it deserves on our blog. In the first of our series, we look at a ship model made by Vietnamese refugees – and the fascinating history around it.

In 1974, some Vietnamese refugees made a ship model with trash. All the scrap materials came from the Malaysian camp they lived in. Even the ship’s display box was built out of cigarette cartons and leftover wood.

This ship model has survived for 40 years and now sits in our museum collection. More

Royalty at a Royal tea: ten photos from Buckingham Palace

  • Prince Charles and Princess Alexandra with Red Cross First World War nurses GraingePhotography Prince Charles and Princess Alexandra with Red Cross First World War nurses GraingePhotography
  • Red Cross First World War nurses meet Prince Charles GraingePhotography Red Cross First World War nurses meet Prince Charles GraingePhotography
  • Prince Charles greets guests at the Buckingham Palace garden party GraingePhotography Prince Charles greets guests at the Buckingham Palace garden party GraingePhotography
  • Beefeater stands guard at Buckingham Palace GraingePhotography Beefeater stands guard at Buckingham Palace GraingePhotography
  • Prince Charles and Beefeater GraingePhotography Prince Charles and Beefeater GraingePhotography
  • Prince Charles and Princess Alexandra with African dance troupe Fran Hales Prince Charles and Princess Alexandra with African dance troupe Fran Hales
  • Prince Charles and Sir Nick Young laugh with guests at Buckingham Palace GraingePhotography Prince Charles and Sir Nick Young laugh with guests at Buckingham Palace GraingePhotography
  • Prince Charles and Nick Young greet military GraingePhotography Prince Charles and Nick Young greet military GraingePhotography
  • Nurses stroll through the grounds of Buckingham Palace GraingePhotography Nurses stroll through the grounds of Buckingham Palace GraingePhotography
  • Guests at Buckingham Palace GraingePhotography Guests at Buckingham Palace GraingePhotography
     

You never know where volunteering for the British Red Cross could lead you. Last week, thousands of lucky volunteers found themselves sipping tea in the sunshine at Buckingham Palace.

The big bash, hosted by HRH the Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra, was held on 12 June to celebrate 150 years of humanitarian action.

Around 6,000 lucky volunteers, staff members, and guests from across the global Red Cross Movement were invited. More

Eric’s story: We want to thank the public for letting refugees come here

Eric holding his London 10K run medal for the British Red Cross

When he was 20, Eric arrived at Heathrow Airport – seeking asylum, scared for his life, and on his own. Now 33, he works for the British Red Cross, supporting refugees in Leicester.

“I like it to be a celebration,” says Eric – talking about how Leicester will mark Refugee Week. “We try to make it lively so it’s easy for people to forget what they’ve come from – even if it’s just for one day.”

The theme of this year’s Refugee Week is children and young people – something that resonates with Eric. As a young adult, he had to flee his home country – Rwanda – to escape the genocide there. His life was in danger and he had to leave quickly, without his family.

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Coping as a full-time carer

Angela Brown, who used the Red Cross carers' service, smiles in a garden with a cup of teaDuring Carers’ Week, Angela Brown discusses the challenges of being a carer and explains how her local Red Cross service supported her when she needed it most.

Angela Brown remembers the moment she knew something was wrong. In 2005 she was sitting in the garden with her husband John. He turned to her and asked when his mother was coming home. His mother had been dead for 30 years.

John was soon diagnosed with dementia. More