accessibility & help

News January 2009

Care in the home volunteer helps an older man

A friendly lifeline for isolated older people

15 Jan 2009

Life is about to get a little more sociable for isolated elderly residents in northern Scotland, thanks to the British Red Cross

A man cries as he holds a wounded boy

British Red Cross launches Gaza Crisis Appeal

14 Jan 2009

The British Red Cross has launched an appeal in response to the desperate humanitarian situation in Gaza and Israel.

Hampshire Brownies see the Balfour museum collection

Brownies develop the power of humanity

30 Jan 2009

Brownies in Hampshire have been learning about being humanitarian citizens thanks to volunteers and staff from the Balfour Museum of Hampshire Red Cross History.

Mother and child sit amidst rubble

Civilians suffer as conflict in Gaza intensifies

05 Jan 2009

As fighting in Gaza intensifies, casualties continue to arrive in hospitals and the Red Cross/Red Crescent is providing desperately needed medical supplies and treatment.

A young girl screams with her hands in the air

Civilians trapped in Gaza face increasing risks

12 Jan 2009

As military operations enter their third week, the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza is placing some 1.5 million Palestinian lives and welfare at risk.

A child carrying younger sibling on back

Exceptional food crisis in Horn of Africa

09 Jan 2009

Millions of people in Kenya and the Horn of Africa, including Ethiopia, are facing an exceptional humanitarian crisis that requires urgent food assistance.

Meningitis life-saver Michael Lewis and wife Ellen

Michael's story: saving his wife's life

A Southend woman was saved from a potentially deadly meningitis infection after her husband's first aid skills led to him recognising the symptoms.

A very young boy sits on an ICRC vehicle

Gaza crisis: Red Cross public statement

13 Jan 2009

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is extremely concerned about the hostilities in Gaza and the tragic impact on its population.

A man in front of destroyed buildings

Gaza: hope emerges despite urgent needs

26 Jan 2009

As life begins to return to normal in Gaza, the British Red Cross says more funds are needed to help residents rebuild their lives.

A man cries as he holds a wounded boy

Gaza is full-blown humanitarian crisis

07 Jan 2009

Not enough is being done to protect civilians affected by conflict in the Gaza Strip, the ICRC's director of operations said today.

Girl guides enjoy fun learning weekend

Girl guides get emergency training

22 Jan 2009

As the Red Cross’ two-year partnership with Girlguiding UK gets into its stride, young Guides across the UK are learning important first aid and citizenship skills – and having a lot of fun in the process.

Mother and child sit amidst rubble

Grief and devastation as fighting abates in Gaza

19 Jan 2009

As fighting in Gaza drops off, people are venturing out to look for missing relatives. For many, the rubble reveals only further pain and despair.

Red Cross volunteers outside Tesco

Help for asylum seekers in Northern Ireland

29 Jan 2009

Tesco and the Red Cross have teamed up to trial a unique pilot project to alleviate the suffering of newly arrived vulnerable migrants.

A volunteer comforts an evacuee at a rest centre

Police credit Red Cross after mass evacuation

26 Jan 2009

After a fire led to over 120 people being evacuated from a hotel and nearby houses, Red Cross emergency response volunteers turned out to provide support and shelter.

Sir Nick Young and Tesco chairman signing agreement

Red Cross and Tesco launch emergency response partnership

30 Jan 2009

The British Red Cross and Tesco launched a unique partnership on Wednesday to provide support for the Red Cross’ emergency response at a local, national and global level.

Red Cross Fire Victim Support Service volunteer

Red Cross responds to County Down fire

13 Jan 2009

As fire crews battled a blaze at a block of flats in Ballynahinch, Red Cross volunteers were on hand to offer help and comfort to the victims and firefighters.

Man in Wheelchair pushed by wife 100

Red Cross to the rescue in Torquay

19 Jan 2009

The British Red Cross has stepped in to help a Torquay man whose wheelchair was stolen just before Christmas.

A fire and emergency support service volunteer comforts a woman during a fire

Dave's story: “Volunteering has changed my life”

Dave Cruse (53) – who has clocked up more than 2,000 hours worth of volunteering – talks about how getting involved with the fire and emergency support service (FESS) changed his life.

Child receiving treatment through a drip

Zimbabwe rainy season increases cholera crisis

15 Jan 2009

With the onset of the rainy season, thousands more people in Zimbabwe and the surrounding region are at risk from cholera.