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British Red Cross helps kick start Royal garden party

7 September 2010
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British Red Cross helps kick start Royal garden party


From tomorrow (8 September), the British Red Cross will be part of ‘A Garden Party To Make A Difference’, an event hosted by The Prince of Wales in the gardens of Clarence House. The garden party is part of The Prince’s Start initiative to encourage people to lead more sustainable lives. The event will demonstrate small steps that can be easily applied in homes across the UK, while giving people of all ages a fun day out.


The Red Cross will have a stand at the event, mocked up like a charity shop, where visitors can buy second hand goods and learn more about the charity’s work. Visitors to the stand will have the opportunity to take part in a range of free ethical ‘upcycling’ fashion workshops, to show how to convert second hand or waste material into new desirable products, led by eco fashion leader Orsola de Castro.


Organised in association with NOI* Collective, workshops include ‘Pimp Yo Pants, showing how to turn a plain pair of knickers into something more desirable, ‘T-bag’, teaching how to turn a t-shirt into a shopping bag, and ‘Unrefusable’, demonstrating how to make jewellery from items you might normally throw away.


Orsola de Castro, said: "I have long been an admirer of the work of the Red Cross and I am very pleased to be exclusively working with them at the Start garden party. The money raised will be turned into relief items such as mosquito nets and jerry cans which will help people affected by disasters across the world."


All visitors to the Red Cross stand will also be able to take part in ‘Grow a Dress’, adding scraps of material donated by Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Stella McCartney to create a dress. The Red Cross’ involvement at the garden party builds on its month-long campaign, ‘Start to donate’, to encourage donations of high quality clothes and accessories to Red Cross shops.


In addition to the charity shop stand at the garden, the British Red Cross is providing first aid cover throughout the twelve day event.
The event also includes a musical programme created by Jools Holland, comedy by Hugh Dennis, gardening tips from Alan Titchmarsh and much more.


British Red Cross chief executive, Sir Nicholas Young, will be taking part in a debate on sustainability alongside Ben Elton and John Craven on Wednesday 15 September.


To find out more about the different workshops at the British Red Cross stand, please visit:


Notes to editors
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The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.