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New Year’s Resolutions: get fitter, more attractive, and become a super-hero – and help the Red Cross too

30 December 2015

Considering your New Year’s resolutions? Whether you want to lose weight, learn new skills or give yourself a challenge, here are some goals that will help charity at the same time.

1. Learn first aid

Stop putting it off – make 2016 the year you learn some life-saving skills. Learning the basics makes you an instant super-hero in waiting (cape optional) and could help you save a life in an emergency. You can do a course, learn online, and there’s a handy free Red Cross app too.

To find a first aid course:

App available for apple or android via Google Play, Apple stores or

2. Volunteer

Volunteering is proven to make you happier AND more attractive. Plus you can make a load of new friends and learn some handy skills. The British Red Cross is looking for volunteers across the UK for a whole range of projects. For the tech geeks you can even take part from home in the Red Cross Missing Maps programme.

For more info go to: 

3. Get fit – and take part in a charity challenge

After Christmas everyone hits the gym – why not train for a challenge that will help charity at the same time? From trekking Kilimanjaro, cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia, to marathons in London or Paris, you could be sweating off the pounds while coining in them in for the Red Cross.

For more info go to: and search ‘challenges’

4. Have a clear out – and help charity at the same time

Stuff. We’ve all got too much. And after Christmas chances are you have more. Do yourself – and the Red Cross – a favour. Have a clear-out and take your donations to one of their charity shops. There are 350 British Red Cross charity shops around the UK so there’s bound to be one near you, and there’s a handy online eBay store too.

To find your nearest shop and more info on ebay or specialist Red Cross

stores, go to:

5. Change the world!

Want to help change a law, or speak out on behalf of people affected by conflict or disaster? British Red Cross run regular campaigns urging  politicians and policy-makers to help make life better for some of the most vulnerable people in the UK and around the world. Sign-up to get more information from the Red Cross advocacy team about how you can get involved.

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Notes to editors

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.