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News February 2009

First aid - gun and knife injury course

First aid training for gun and knife wounds

25 Feb 2009

With knife crime such a prominent issue, the British Red Cross is supporting a charity that provides first aid training so people can help friends involved in a shooting or stabbing.

Flood volunteer Lilan Nelson with client

Lilian's story: from flood victim to volunteer

Lilian Nelson was so inspired by the volunteers who helped after her home was flooded that she decided to sign up herself.

Young child sitting on mother's lap

Funds needed for Darfur hungry season

19 Feb 2009

As the hungry season in Darfur approaches, the British Red Cross is appealing for funds to treat malnourished children.

Heavy snow on top of cars

Heavy snow causes chaos in UK

02 Feb 2009

Following heavy snow storms across the UK, Red Cross volunteers are supporting ambulance services across England.

A woman examines baby clothes at a clothing bank for refugees

New refugee report focuses on destitution

03 Feb 2009

A new report by the British Red Cross and Refugee Survival Trust has asked for changes to the asylum process to reduce destitution in Scotland.

Man being comforted

Red Cross helps people caught in Australian bushfires

17 Feb 2009

As the death toll reaches 200, the British Red Cross is helping people trace relatives, and Her Majesty The Queen has contributed to the appeal.

Flames destroying trees

Red Cross launches Australian Bushfires Appeal

10 Feb 2009

As bushfires rage across large parts of Victoria, Australia, the British Red Cross has launched an appeal to help thousands of people left homeless.

Nick Young

Sir Nicholas Young: Gaza situation is 'shameful'

26 Feb 2009

Our chief executive, Sir Nicholas Young, is in Gaza visiting the families affected by conflict and the volunteers who have been helping them since the conflict began.

First aid practice for young boy and girl - Shropshire

Teachers support more first aid in schools

05 Feb 2009

New research has shown that a quarter of all UK secondary schools still don’t provide any first aid education, despite overwhelming support among teachers.

ER volunteers in action at night

Volunteers respond to London City Airport crash

14 Feb 2009

British Red Cross volunteers and staff were on hand to offer first aid and comfort after a British Airways jet crash-landed at London City Airport.

Women dressed in traditional costume of their countries

Women celebrate diversity at Newport event

26 Feb 2009

Women in Newport celebrated diversity and the impact women have on their communities at an International Women's Day event.

Young carer learns first aid

Young carers learn life-saving skills

09 Feb 2009

The British Red Cross and Winchester Young Carers Project have teamed up to equip young carers from the Winchester area with the skills to save a life.

A young girl practises first aid on a dummy

Young students set to become Red Cross lifesavers

20 Feb 2009

Students at one school in the UK must feel they’re sitting in the safest classrooms in the country – because every student is on the way to learning first aid.

Nick Young

Zimbabwe passes grim cholera milestone

13 Feb 2009

As Zimbabwe passes a grim cholera milestone, chief executive Sir Nicholas Young makes an urgent personal plea for funds.