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UK floods inspire family challenge

Picture of Louise and Jasmine together

Louise and Jasmine will be doing the London Red Shoe Walk together – ©BritishRedCross

There is no finer way to celebrate your birthday than taking part in a Red Shoe Walk with your daughter.

That’s exactly what Louise Mullenger will be doing come May. The 34-year-old will be hitting the streets of London with her 12-year-old daughter Jasmine, who came up with the idea of fundraising for the British Red Cross after seeing the charity’s work during the recent UK floods. More

Bouncing back after a fall – Red Cross lends a hand

Hannah Murray with Red Cross support worker Jane Morrison

Hannah Murray with Red Cross support worker Jane Morrison – ©BritishRedCross

Red Cross Week 2014 is a great opportunity to fundraise for the British Red Cross so we can carry on helping people like Hannah Murray. Read how we helped her and Oscar the kitten… 

“I’ve just been in hospital – I can’t have any work done,” says 82-year-old Hannah Murray when an electrician arrives at her door. 

Hearing her becoming increasingly distressed, Jane Morrison, a visiting British Red Cross support worker, goes to the door to see if she can be of any help.  More

Ready to go back home?

Hospital-bed-older-ladyOur hospitals provide vital care to elderly and vulnerable patients – but many are then discharged too early and soon start to struggle.

The ongoing care crisis in this country broadened its reach this week, when the Government’s own chief adviser on carers found herself struggling under its impact.

Dame Philippa Russell felt moved to contact a national newspaper after witnessing the distressing experience of a close male relative who had suffered a stroke. More

The dreaded cut – raising money for Red Cross Week

Picture of Jules Alderson getting her dreadlocks cut

Jules Alderson raised more than £1,000 by cutting off her dreadlocks – ©BritishRedCross

At more than three feet long, Jules Alderson’s dreadlocks were eye-catching to say the least.

The result of nearly ten years of careful cultivation, they became part of her identity and also doubled up quite nicely as a handy pillow on Brighton’s pebbled beach.

But after a great deal of consideration, Jules decided to cut them off during last year’s Red Cross Week to raise money for the British Red Cross. More

Fake car crash tests our volunteers

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You’re a volunteer at a motor racing event, when there is a high-speed collision. The vehicle skids off the track and hurls into a dense crowd of spectators. It bursts into flames. People panic as they try to evacuate…

What do you do to help? Can you act quickly and decisively?

To test people’s reactions in an emergency, a huge mock-up of this very accident took place recently. More

How do you help a stab victim?

Knife crime is a deadly serious issue for young people – who accounted for over a third of all UK casualties last year. That’s why our new short films will be a big help.

It only takes seconds to stab someone, and just minutes to bleed to death.

That’s perhaps the worst thing about knife injuries: the speed at which everything happens.

Anyone who’s been stabbed needs to be treated immediately – it’s literally a life or death matter. But all too often bystanders don’t know what they should do, and so lives are lost. More

Reaching out to women refugees

Two Somali women learning first aid

To celebrate International Women’s Day and the theme of ‘inspiring change’, we’re shining a spotlight on two life-changing projects for an often forgotten group of women: refugees and asylum seekers. 

These women face huge challenges. Some fled their homes because of traumas such as violence, abuse and neglect. Most come from countries where their rights were severely restricted. Others have children or are pregnant, but do not know how to access maternal health services in the UK. They may be destitute or struggle to provide financially for their families – and risk being exploited or turning to prostitution.

Nearly all need support to rebuild their lives – which is where we step in. More

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