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News September 2009

Derbyshire Branch 100th anniversary

100 years and Derbyshire Red Cross is still going strong

22 Sep 2009

September 2009 sees the British Red Cross in Derbyshire celebrating its 100-year anniversary.

Great North Run Runners

Bandages and blisters at Great North Run

25 Sep 2009

Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers were on hand to provide first aid support to thousands of runners at the BUPA Great North Run on 20 September.

FESS hovercraft

British Red Cross responds to flooding across Scotland

04 Sep 2009

The British Red Cross has responded to flooding in Moray and Tayside, as heavy rain led to disruption across the north and east of Scotland.

First aid hero on South African holiday

Chris’s story: I saved my tour guide’s life

During a South African holiday, Chris – who had just completed a first aid course –ended up saving her tour guide’s life.

Tandem granny Ann Malinson

Ann’s story: Daredevil granny gets new wheels

When daredevil granny Ann came off a tandem bicycle and broke her ankle, the Red Cross stepped in with a wheelchair to help her recover.

People swim toward high ground

Disasters leave millions in Asia Pacific needing urgent help

29 Sep 2009

The British Red Cross has launched an urgent appeal to help two million people in the Philippines, Vietnam, Samoan Islands and Indonesia affected by typhoons, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis.

Swine flu - Fred Perks and 'flu friend' Jo Footit

Fred’s story: Flu friend looked out for me

When pensioner Fred contracted swine flu, he called the NHS for advice – and soon a Red Cross volunteer was delivering medicine to his house.

Boy performing first aid on manikin

Free gifts for schools on World First Aid Day

04 Sep 2009

It’s World First Aid Day on 12 September – and to celebrate we’re offering a range of tempting first aid freebies to schools and youth organisations.

winning first aid team with throphy

Hat trick for Merseyside as team wins national first aid competition

30 Sep 2009

Five Red Cross volunteers have won the British Red Cross' national first aid competition held in Cannock, Staffordshire.

Gwent young first aid heroes

Joseph’s story: Hero friends saved me

When a young boy suffered a horrific knee injury during a game of tag, the good news was all his friends had just been trained in first aid.

Man stands in drought stricken field

Millions of Kenyans in dire need of food, water and safety

25 Sep 2009

Millions of Kenyans are struggling to get enough food to eat due to three consecutive droughts and the rise in global food prices.

Woman and two children

‘Rules of war’ education resource for citizenship GCSE launched

30 Sep 2009

Teaching the complexities of conflict and the rules of war is made easier using the resource developed by the British Red Cross and law firm Allen & Overy.

Thomas - skin camouflage beneficiary from Glasgow

Thomas’s story: Scar cream was a revelation

29 Sep 2009

After an attack left him with severe scarring, Thomas struggled to cope – but now our skin camouflage service has improved his confidence.

Teenagers with friends

Teenage first aiders to the rescue

12 Sep 2009

A group of teenagers whose swift actions saved their friend will demonstrate their first aid skills at an event to mark World First Aid Day.

Girl walks through flooded village

Thousands hit by floods in West Africa

11 Sep 2009

Floods in West Africa are affecting over 400,000 people and the British Red Cross has released £25,000 to provide relief for badly hit Sierra Leone.

A member of the public practices CPR

Thousands learn first aid as they shop

11 Sep 2009

Volunteers and staff helped over 6,000 people learn more about first aid in a series of roadshows in London on Wednesday, as part of the lead-up to World First Aid Day.

A woman picks through rubble

West Africa: thousands homeless after floods

18 Sep 2009

In Senegal and Burkina Faso, more than 200,000 people are now homeless as torrential rains continue to lash down and floods destroy homes, crops and drinking water.

Holding hands

Wheelchair brings happy times for Hilda

25 Sep 2009

A terminally ill mother and her daughter are making the most of their time together – thanks to the loan of a wheelchair from the British Red Cross.

Bike ride to Australia

Young fundraisers get pedalling to Australia

11 Sep 2009

Two young fundraisers are literally going to the ends of the earth for the Red Cross by embarking on a mammoth 15,000-mile bike challenge from Dieppe to Australia.

Group of children sat on floor talking

Youth learn about humanity in Serbia

18 Sep 2009

With millions of lives around the world being devastated by ongoing conflicts, the Red Cross believes in inspiring the next generation of active humanitarian citizens.