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News December 2009

Cockermouth floods - Claire Jones outside her home

Claire’s story: Recovering after the floods

Weeks on from the Cockermouth floods, Claire is putting her life back together, grateful for our volunteers’ support in her darkest hour.

Cow carcass on dusty road

Climate change: Copenhagen to Kenya

11 Dec 2009

As world leaders discuss climate change in Copenhagen, millions of people in Kenya are suffering its effects with the latest drought.

A smiling man wearing Red Cross/ Order of St John badge

Douglas' story: helping fellow islanders

Douglas Isherwood, 88, became a Red Cross volunteer during the occupation of the Channel Islands during the Second World War.

A woman smiling

Eileen's story: giving to others in wartime

Eileen Le Sueur, 95, lived on a farm in Jersey with her husband and son during the occupation. She remembers the Red Cross’ food parcels.

Heavy snow on top of cars

Heavy snow causes weekend of chaos

21 Dec 2009

British Red Cross volunteers are working hard to help thousands of people affected by bad weather in the UK.

Refugee Hilda Marinda and her family

Hilda’s story: refugee care gave me new start

When her Zimbabwean home was attacked, young mother Hilda fled to the UK in fear of her life – but with our help she has a brighter future.

Two girls smiling

Multimedia documentary marks fifth anniversary of Boxing Day tsunami

18 Dec 2009

A new multimedia web documentary, produced by the Red Cross and Thomson Reuters Foundation, marks the fifth anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami.

Operations director Joy Clift Hill with hospital staff and Red Cross volunteers

Patients in Grantham receive the comforts of home

05 Dec 2009

British Red Cross volunteers have presented Grantham Hospital staff with brand new equipment which they funded by selling refreshments at the hospital.

Former Red Cross World War II hospital opens it’s doors to supporters after 62 years

Red Cross hosts legacy event for Cheshire supporters

01 Dec 2009

The British Red Cross recently hosted a legacy fundraising event at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield, which was a Red Cross hospital in the Second World War.

Roy gets some exercise on a tricycle

Roy’s story: Respite care by tricycle

Following a stroke, Roy was left weakened and frustrated – but he’s building up strength by joining his respite worker on a tandem tricycle.

Ambulance in the snow

Snow chaos continues as volunteers help hundreds

24 Dec 2009

Red Cross volunteers have helped hundreds of people across the UK as snow and ice have caused chaos around the country.

Woman stands with folded arms in front of sea of tents

The F word causes debate

18 Dec 2009

Find out how the F word caused temperatures to rise when journalists, aid agencies and parliamentarians discussed reporting of humanitarian emergencies.

Young child with arms behind head

Thousands affected by Malawi quake

24 Dec 2009

The British Red Cross is deploying an emergency shelter delegate to Malawi after an earthquake left thousands homeless.

Boy and girl smiling with arms round each other

Tsunami challenge launched – what would you have done?

09 Dec 2009

The British Red Cross is launching an interactive online challenge today, to mark the fifth anniversary of the Asian tsunami.

Cockermouth floods and destabilised shed

Volunteers help with recovery effort after Cumbria floods

04 Dec 2009

As residents in Cumbria start to pick up the pieces following the recent unprecedented floods, volunteers are helping them with the long, complicated process of rebuilding their lives.

Volunteer comforts fire victim

Worthing residents helped after cylinder scare

03 Dec 2009

British Red Cross volunteers have been working around the clock to care for over 100 evacuees in West Sussex following a fire involving acetylene cylinders.