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Post relating to the British Red Cross in the United Kingdom

First aid at your fingertips: the app helping you to help others

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Adam Banks holding up the British Red Cross First Aid App on his phone.Adam Banks knew first aid. But when he came across a man having a seizure, having the British Red Cross’ First Aid App in his pocket gave him a confidence boost. With over six million downloads worldwide the app, now celebrating its fifth birthday, is helping you to help others.  

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“You can’t dwell on the past”: One man’s story on beating loneliness

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David Crane managed to beat his loneliness with a little help from the Red Cross
Not so long ago, David Crane experienced a breakdown, triggered by the deaths of several people close to him. He moved away for a fresh start – but his feelings of loneliness and isolation moved with him.

Fortunately, David is a different person today. With a little help from the British Red Cross, he now lives for the moment and volunteers to help others look forward to a brighter future too.

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Bonfire Night: First aid for burns

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Friends and family gather for Bonfire NightBonfire Night – a time when friends and family gather to ‘Ooo’ and ‘Ahh’ at the night sky as firework after firework light up the darkness with an almighty bang.

Whether you’re having your own party, attending a friend’s or off to a display, there’s a common risk that comes from celebrating with fireworks – burns.

But have no fear. We’ve got some top advice for helping someone with a burn this Bonfire Night.

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Aberfan disaster: how Red Cross volunteers helped a community in shock

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British Red Cros teams unload supplies for Aberfan in 1966Even in the days before the internet, news spread fast when a small Welsh village was struck by tragedy in 1966. British Red Cross volunteers arrived in their hundreds to help the local community of Aberfan.

Fifty years after the disaster, read our report of the incident, written in the aftermath.

Disaster strikes

“On Friday October 21st, at about 9.15am, an 800-ft water-logged coal-tip slipped and descended 500 yards, down a mountain-side.

“In an avalanche of greasy slurry it engulfed a farmhouse, an infants and junior school and a terrace of houses in the small village of Aberfan, South Wales.

“The appalling death roll – to date 147, the majority being small children – shocked and stunned the entire world. More