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High-profile supporters

We’re extraordinary. We’re changing lives. And we need your help.

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, from Syria to Somerset. We are part of a global network responding to natural disasters, conflicts and individual emergencies.

Join us and enjoy a deeply rewarding, totally unique relationship with the world’s leading humanitarian organisation – and the millions of people it supports.

High-profile support helps tell people about our work. It raises much-needed funds, which make a massive difference to people’s lives across the globe.

Whether you are a celebrity in the entertainment industry, a business leader or an expert in your field, we would be delighted to hear from you about supporting us and championing our work.

There are many ways you can get involved, from supporting one of our campaigns, to visiting one of our projects or becoming a full time ambassador.

We want to build lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with our high-profile supporters. We will find out what matters to you, and how we can work together in a way that meets your goals and expectations.

Be a Red Cross champion

Want to use your skills, expertise or time to help people in crisis?

Contact: Lisa McCabe, PR Manager, British Red Cross at or 020 7877 7423.

Why choose us?

The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts. We are part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian network and we refuse to ignore people in crisis.

Trusted across the world

People recognise our emblems across the globe. They know we are impartial and neutral, which helps us cross conflict lines or enter disaster zones to deliver aid when other organisations can’t.

We work with many communities overseas to tackle issues such as hunger, HIV and TB, maternal healthcare, and hygiene.

Help at home

In the UK we:

  • offer practical and emotional support to people after emergencies such as house fires and floods
  • help refugees adjust to life in a new country
  • train communities in lifesaving first aid skills
  • help people to live independently at home.

Find out more about what we do.

Celebrity highlights 2014

  • Angela Rippon highlighted the importance of legacy giving in radio interviews.
  • Dan Snow visited our archives in October, to see his great grandmother’s VAD records.
  • Jamie Oliver supported our Balkan Floods appeal to highlight the devastation and encourage people to donate.
  • Sienna Miller donated to our WW1 pop up shop.
  • Graphic novelist, Karrie Fransman, created a comic based on the story of an asylum seeker. Neil Gaiman and Simon Pegg took to Twitter to show their support for the project.
  • The Art for Life initiative had donations from artists such as Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry.
  • Various famous artists performed on the charity Christmas single ‘All together Now’ in aid of the British Red Cross. The new song was produced by music legends Suggs (from Madness) and Mick Jones (from The Clash).

Celebrity highlights 2013

Our supporters worked hard to raise our profile and funds for the people we help.

  • Victoria Beckham and David Beckham were quick to offer support when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November, forcing over 4 million people from their homes. The couple donated boxes of designer clothes to our stores, raising money to provide shelter, clean water, food and hygiene kits.
  • Alex Jones, from The One Show, took to London’s streets for our Red Shoe walk, as part of our annual Red Cross Week.
  • Mary Berry, renowned writer, broadcaster and star of The Great British Bake Off, opened our Christmas fair at Kensington Town Hall.
  • Actor and presenter Amanda Holden, and Embarrassing Bodies doctor Pixie McKenna lent their support to our campaign to get first aid on the school curriculum. Ten thousand people supported ‘Pupil, Citizen, Lifesaver’ – including teachers, parents and pupils.
  • In November, an immersive theatre experience and exhibition – Seeking Sanctuary – told the story of Syrian refugees helped by the Red Cross. It was powerfully curated and shot by Sunday Times war photographer Paul Conroy.

Past support

Over the years, we have had backing from famous faces such as James McAvoy, Jonathan Ross and Christopher Eccleston.

Victoria Pendleton, world and Olympic cyclist champion, pedalled from London to Eastbourne to raise funds in the Big Red Ride.

Stephen Fry tweets support for some of our campaigns. He said: “Few organisations do more unconditional good around the world”.

Sometimes all we need is a pledge of support. In 2009, Alan Shearer – former England football captain – gave a public ‘thumbs up’ to our project to provide first aid training to people with disabilities. The project was a great success, and several thousand people took part.  

We are grateful for all the high-profile support we receive. Every little bit makes a big difference to people in crisis.


Be a Red Cross champion

Want to use your skills, expertise or time to help people in crisis? Contact: Lisa McCabe
PR Manager

020 7877 7423

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