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News August 2009

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British Red Cross responds to blaze in Brechin

04 Aug 2009

The British Red Cross fire and emergency support service has responded to a fire at the Northern Hotel in Brechin.

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Tim's story: Pakistan hospital diary

Nurse Tim Stephens reports from a Red Cross hospital in Peshawar, where he's helping those wounded in the Pakistan crisis.

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Do you know a local hero? Get in touch now

25 Aug 2009

If you know any young heroes, make sure to nominate them for our Humanitarian Citizen Awards before 25 September – and you could help get them get the recognition they deserve.

A man wearing a red cross emblem trains soldiers in the laws of war

European Union reaffirms support for Geneva Conventions

12 Aug 2009

On the 60th anniversary of the signing of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, the EU has reaffirmed its support for these treaties, while acknowledging that there are challenges to ensuring they are respected in conflict zones.

Scot ER volunteer - Alan Smith

Alan and Mariusz’s story: Festival life-savers

Two hero first aiders fought their way through huge crowds to save a woman’s life after she went into cardiac arrest at a music festival.

Father searching photos of missing children

Forget them not on International Day of the Disappeared

28 Aug 2009

On the Day of the Disappeared the Red Cross is reminding people that thousands of families are unaware of the fate of their loved ones missing in conflicts around the world.

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Get a flu friend to help you on the mend

13 Aug 2009

Do you have a flu friend? Across the UK, our volunteers are supporting those with no family or friends on hand to help – but it’s always best to have someone you know ready to step in.

Man speaking to crowd

Red Cross funds cholera fight in Nepal

21 Aug 2009

The British Red Cross has released £15,000 from its Disaster Fund to fight a cholera outbreak in Nepal.

Two men after the triathlon

Tim and Matt's story: Triathlon triumph

Sibling rivalry spurred on Tim Smith and his older brother Matt to swim, cycle and run their way round the London Triathlon.

A man wearing a red cross emblem trains soldiers in the laws of war

Survey results show support for laws of war

07 Aug 2009

The 1949 Geneva Conventions are just as necessary today as when they were signed 60 years ago, but many of the people they are designed to protect do not know they exist.

Volunteers and staff on the M25 helping stranded motorists

Thousands stranded on M25

27 Aug 2009

Red Cross volunteers and staff went to the aid of motorists who were left stranded on the M25 after a diesel spill caused the road to be closed for hours.

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Volunteers help after family’s pet holiday tragedy

21 Aug 2009

When a couple tragically lost their home, beloved dogs and most of their possessions during a family holiday, volunteers were quickly on hand to offer support.

Fire fighters tackling fire

Volunteers help as blaze forces mass evacuation

03 Aug 2009

Nearly 50 residents were evacuated from their homes and taken to an emergency rest centre after flames tore through a block of flats in Hersham, Surrey.

First aid demonstration being given at the Central Mosque Islamic Festival.

Volunteers teach first aid at cultural festivals

13 Aug 2009

The British Red Cross had a busy weekend teaching first aid at two cultural festivals in Edinburgh.

Wedgwood plates

Wedgwood pieces go on sale in Red Cross charity shops

14 Aug 2009

British Red Cross charity shops across the country are offering Wedgwood china enthusiasts an opportunity to complete their collections of some of the company’s most sought-after brands – including Royal Doulton, Minton and Mason.