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Other ways of giving

If you have any queries about donating to the British Red Cross then please email us at supportercare@redcross.org.uk or ring 0844 87 100 87.

1. How else can I raise money for the Red Cross and how do I go about it?

2. I don't live in London. Who do I contact to find out about fundraising in my area?

3. Can I make a donation in memory on a special day?

4. Can I make a donation in lieu of presents on a special day?

5. Can I leave you a gift in my Will?

6. Can I donate through the Charities Aid Foundation?

7. How can I volunteer for the Red Cross?

8. Can I donate blankets, clothing, food or other goods to emergency appeals?

9. Can I donate medical items?

1. How else can I raise money for the Red Cross and how do I go about it?

You can take part in one of the Red Cross' fundraising events, such as an overseas expedition, run or skydive or organise your own event.

2. I don't live in London. Who do I contact to find out about fundraising in my area?

Wherever you are in the UK, you can find a British Red Cross representative who will help you with your fundraising. You can find your local branch in the near you section.

3. Can I make a donation in memory on a special day?

For more information on giving in memory visit www.redcross.org.uk/memory

4. Can I make a donation in lieu of presents on a special day?

For more information on giving in celebration visit www.redcross.org.uk/celebration

5. Can I leave you a gift in my Will?

Yes, many people choose to leave us a legacy in their Will. Legacies are very important to the work of the British Red Cross. By leaving us a legacy, you can make a real difference to the future.

For a more general overview, please visit the Charity Facts website.

6. Can I donate through the Charities Aid Foundation?

Direct donations involve much less administration and are therefore more valuable to us. However, if you wish to donate in this way, CAF cheques or vouchers should be made payable to 'British Red Cross' and sent to: British Red Cross, UK Office, 44 Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL. Please include a note explaining whether the donation is for a specific appeal. We are unable to accept CAF cards through our website. However, you can donate using your CAF card by calling our Supporter Care Line on 0844 87 100 87 or by visiting CAF Online.

7. How can I volunteer for the Red Cross?

There are many different volunteering opportunities with the British Red Cross in the UK. Find out more about volunteering for the British Red Cross.

8. Can I donate blankets, clothing, food or other goods to emergency appeals?

No. Whenever possible, we buy the items we need to respond to an emergency in the affected country or in the region. This benefits the local economy (by helping local markets and traders) and allows us to take into account local tastes, traditions and culture.

Local purchasing also helps us reduce transport costs and speed up delivery times. Very often the cost of transporting a "free" donation from the UK is more than the total value of the donation itself.

We purchase goods of a standard specification and quality so that our principles of impartiality and neutrality are not jeopardised. We do this because beneficiaries might feel they have been treated unfairly if they receive something that is different from their neighbour or, worse still, those on an opposing side.

The same applies to our work in the UK because in an emergency situation, it is important for us to ensure we respond quickly. In these circumstances, it is generally easier to distribute goods from pre-allocated stock that has already been sorted, some of which will be taken from stock held in Red Cross shops.

With regard to donations of food: we have to cater on a very large scale so it is difficult for us to effectively utilise miscellaneous gifts of food. However, we are very fortunate to benefit from the generosity of corporate partners such as Tesco who often donate what we need as part of their charitable giving.

For this reason, we only accept donated goods for resale in the UK, through our chain of shops. Find your nearest shop by entering your postcode in the near you search box.

The best and easiest way to help the Red Cross is to support us with a donation of money. Money can be instantly transferred and converted into whatever is most needed, anywhere in the world. One of the most efficient ways to give is by making a donation online.

9. Can I donate medical items?

The Red Cross only issues medicines that are on the World Health Organisation (WHO) Essential Drugs List. These are all generic in nature and are familiar and known to most medical staff worldwide. In an emergency situation this is vital in ensuring the highest standard of care for people who need our help. The best way to support an emergency appeal is with a donation of money and one of the most efficient ways to give is by making a donation online today.

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