When was the last time you told your girlfriends how much they mean to you?
For Galentine’s Day (that’s 13 February, the day before its old-fashioned counterpart, Valentine’s Day), we’ve launched a range of celebrity e-cards to help you do just that.
The cards are a celebration of female friendship and – best of all – are also raising money for our It starts with her campaign supporting women in Bangladesh.
Lots of celebrities got their creative juices flowing for us.
On the sporting side, we have former England footballer (and Strictly star) Alex Scott, and boxer and World Muay Thai kickboxing champion Rugsana Begum.
They’re joined by singer Arlo Parks, model Felicity Hayward, television presenter Mehreen Baig, and Miss England (and junior doctor) Dr Bhasha Mukherjee.
Buy a card that doubles the value of your donation
Our It starts with her appeal is supporting women’s projects in Barishal, Bangladesh, one of the most disaster-prone areas of the world. Life for women there can be tough.
Your donations will help women in these areas start small businesses to support their families and community.
And your gift will go twice as far as it normally would, because all donations up to the total of £2 million made until 7 April will be doubled by the UK Government.
Some of the women from the project have also created miniature masterpieces for us and you can buy these along with those doodled by our celebrity supporters. All are available now in our gift shop.
Support your girl gang – and theirs
Two of the brilliant women from the Red Cross project in Barishal have been friends all their lives. “We support each other in a place which has so many challenges for us,” 18-year-old Rumi said of her relationship with her best friend, Salma (pictured at the top).
“Women face economic problems and the men have always dominated our community. But things are changing.”
One of the ways the Red Cross is supporting the women of Barishal is through Women’s Squads – a space for women to gather and speak up about issues that are important to them.
“Women in our squad are taking karate classes for one hour every day,” said Rumi. “It’s so fun and we are learning a new skill to protect ourselves. I’d like to compete in the Olympics one day.”
If you’re feeling really appreciative of your own girl gang, you could go one step further and hold a Galentine’s Night In to raise funds for our appeal.
Just £2.30 could pay for a session for women to learn about topics like sexual and gender-based violence and menstrual health. And just £5 could pay for a counselling session to help women start their own business.
And remember, whatever you give, your donation will be doubled by the UK government.
What better reason to tell the women who have stuck by you through thick and thin, just how much they mean to you?