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News July 2009

First aid football club

Gavin's story: my first aid mission

After hearing of a horrific sporting injury, Gavin set up a first aid course specifically for sportsmen and women.

Event first aid volunteers and staff revive a casualty

Action stations at the British 10k

13 Jul 2009

Red Cross first aiders sprung into action to save the life of a man who collapsed at the finish of the British 10k in London.

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Art and antiques draw in the crowds

17 Jul 2009

Donations from royal photographer Lord Snowdon helped the Chelsea charity shop raise just under £3,000 at its art and antiques sale on 9 July.

Dozens of people disembark from a rescue boat

Boat wreck survivors receive help and comfort from Red Cross

28 Jul 2009

Red Cross volunteers and staff in the Turks and Caicos Islands have helped around 115 survivors of a tragic boat accident.

Two Red Cross ambulance crew members swiftly exit an ambulance

British Red Cross steps up swine flu response as hotline goes live

23 Jul 2009

As the government launches its National Pandemic Service, the British Red Cross is stepping up its support for local health and emergency services to make sure the most vulnerable receive the help they need.

Red Cross first aid volunteers at T in the Park

Busy weekend for Scotland's first aid volunteers

23 Jul 2009

Volunteers have attended T in the Park, the Kindrochit Quadrathlon and the Red Bull X fighter stunt bikes event in Glasgow.

Two event first aid volunteers at a music event

First aiders help stabbing victim

14 Jul 2009

First aiders rushed to help after a boy suffered life-threatening stab wounds at a London family event.

A woman holds a man in a seated position on the ground with his knees up

Rose's story: take a break, save a life

Retail manager Rose Rye took a quick break from her busy duties in a British Red Cross shop – to rush outside and help save someone’s life.

Sara Hughes, false teeth life-saver

Sara's story: I saved a pensioner’s life

Just two days after completing a first aid course, Sara saved the life of a critically ill pensioner – and even removed his teeth in the process.

Delivering food to Saidu teaching hospital in Swat, north-west Pakistan

Monsoon season will put thousands at risk in Pakistan

10 Jul 2009

Torrential rains will present serious health risks to thousands of the people who have fled fighting in Pakistan, as the monsoon season approaches.

A mother holds her baby in Gereida camp in Darfur, Sudan

New malnutrition treatment for children in Darfur

10 Jul 2009

More than 16,000 children in Gereida camp in Darfur, western Sudan, are receiving a new treatment to prevent malnutrition.

Man standing in front of fess vehicle

New Red Cross north coast service needs your help

29 Jul 2009

The British Red Cross is looking for volunteers for a new fire and emergency support service that will be based in Portrush to serve the north coast area.

A Red Cross vehicle is seen through a hole in a wall

Now is not the time for complacency: The Geneva Conventions at 60

10 Jul 2009

Leading government officials, academics, jurists and representatives of the Red Cross reiterated the vital role the Geneva Conventions play in protecting vulnerable people at a conference yesterday.

Girl washing writing tablet in stream

One million people helped recover from Pakistan quake

24 Jul 2009

As the volatile situation in Pakistan continues, the Red Cross has helped around one million people recover from the earthquake which struck on 8 October 2005.

Family walks along road carrying belongings

Pakistan: Returning displaced families face massive challenges

17 Jul 2009

With the economy severely disrupted and houses damaged or destroyed, there are massive challenges ahead for displaced people in Pakistan as they begin returning home.

Red Cross and Scottish Borders Council sign emergency response agreement

Red Cross teams up with Scottish Borders Council to respond to emergencies

28 Jul 2009

The British Red Cross has signed an agreement with Scottish Borders Council’s social work department to provide humanitarian services in a crisis.

Care in home steam train volunteer

Ceri's story: Visited weekly by steam train

Ninety one-year-old Ceri doesn’t worry about living alone in an isolated village because a Red Cross volunteer visits weekly – by steam train.

Steve Wynne - inclusive first aid volunteer

Steve's story: deaf first aid videos

For deaf first aid trainer Steve Wynne, life has got a lot easier following the Red Cross’ introduction of a series of signed first aid videos.

Dina the skin camouflage volunteer

Dina's story: Skin camouflage gave me confidence

Eczema sufferer Dina was so impressed by our skin camouflage service that, after receiving the treatment, she decided to become a volunteer.

Students standing next to a Red Cross vehicle

Students teach schoolchildren life-saving skills

06 Jul 2009

A group of students at Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College has learned first aid as part of a British Red Cross peer education project.

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Volunteers ease fears as north-east floods

18 Jul 2009

Volunteers and staff in the north-east of England are spending a busy weekend supporting the ambulance services and helping residents as heavy rains led many to fear flooding.

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Volunteers help residents during Kent power cut

23 Jul 2009

A young mother and her one-week-old baby were among those helped by British Red Cross volunteers during a four-day power cut in Kent and Bexley.

a photograph of young refugees and asylum seekers who took part in the Red Cross' Life Skills Course in Glasgow

Young refugees and asylum seekers learn life skills in Glasgow

10 Jul 2009

British Red Cross and Bridges Youth Project are helping young refugees and asylum seekers gain vital life skills with a course based in Glasgow.