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News May 2009

Bournemouth University Red Cross Shop

Bournemouth goes retro for the Red Cross

26 May 2009

A Bournemouth University charity shop with a difference has got fashionistas flocking to find a bargain.

First aid for children

Calling all parents – learn first aid at home

14 May 2009

Parents of babies and young children can now learn life-saving first aid skills in the comfort of their own homes, thanks to a unique online learning resource.

Hundreds of children wearing red form a giant cross

Children celebrate community involvement in Turks and Caicos Islands

07 May 2009

Around 600 schoolchildren turned out to celebrate the difference they can make in their communities at an event organised by the Turks and Caicos Islands Red Cross.

An artist creating a picture at the event

Create for Cross

11 May 2009

Live art acompanied by a DJ set, a secret auction and a display of works from over 30 artists filled an otherwise empty shop on Bridge Street in Cambridge.

Older man standing in front of Red Cross vehicle

Creative solutions needed for Gaza recovery

15 May 2009

As recovery in the Gaza Strip continues, efforts to provide basic services are hampered by restrictions on imports of construction materials, fuel and electricity.

Woman crouching as she prepares food

Cyclone Sidr recovery “goes beyond dreams”

29 May 2009

Vulnerable families from a landless fishing community that survived Cyclone Sidr now have secure homes and better prospects thanks to a British Red Cross recovery programme.

Two boys smiling

Delegates deployed to floods in Angola

01 May 2009

Heavy rainfall since the middle of February has caused widespread flooding in Angola, displacing more than 80,000 people from their homes.

Humanitarian citizens awards superhero mask

Do you know a local hero?

29 May 2009

Our annual Humanitarian Citizen Awards celebrate the contribution that young individuals and groups make to the lives of others – so nominate someone today.

Father holds child in lap while talking to Red Cross worker

Enormous challenges to recovery remain in Myanmar

01 May 2009

One year after Cyclone Nargis devastated the Ayeyarwaddy Delta in Myanmar, more than one million people have received support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Still from a video showing the recovery position

First aid videos for deaf people

29 May 2009

Deaf people can already attend inclusive Red Cross inclusive first aid courses, but now we've also launched a series of fully-signed first aid videos.

First aid male volunteer with police officer

First aider Dennis helps out after van crash

01 May 2009

When a van driver lost consciousness then veered at speed off a road and down a huge embankment, there was one piece of good news – a Red Cross first aider was in the car behind him.

Group of people sitting on dirt ground

Humanitarian access to Sri Lanka blocked

15 May 2009

In Sri Lanka, hundreds of seriously wounded people blocked in the conflict area have been waiting in vain for several days for desperately needed medical care.

Women sitting in doorway

ICRC appeals for access to wounded in Sri Lanka

20 May 2009

Although fighting appears to be over, the Red Cross has been pursuing efforts, so far without success, to reach the area of north-eastern Sri Lanka hard hit by the conflict.

New houses in the shade of a palm tree

Maldives tsunami survivors move back to “beloved island”

29 May 2009

In the Maldives, we have completed our recovery and construction programme, allowing tsunami survivors to finally return home.

Emergency response UK (night) 100, 190, 250

Nominate British Red Cross for Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year

15 May 2009

To celebrate their 140th anniversary, Sainsbury’s are taking nominations to find a local Charity of the Year for each store – and your vote could be crucial.

Men working on construction of house

One year on massive recovery efforts continue in China

08 May 2009

One year on from the China earthquake, recovery continues on a massive scale and the Red Cross has spent more than £419 million on relief and recovery.

Leo the young international volunteer

Leo's story: mastering English and volunteering

A young Red Cross volunteer has won a prestigious volunteer award – despite English being only his third language.

Young volunteers with wheelchairs in front of a historic Red Cross ambulance

Pushing for pounds

12 May 2009

A team of nine young people pushed three wheelchairs ten miles around Winchester and Basingstoke to raise over £500 for the British Red Cross.

Man in suit smiling

Red Cross celebrates 90 years of the spirit of humanity

01 May 2009

Nicholas Sarkozy is hosting an event to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Two Red Cross ambulance crew members swiftly exit an ambulance

Red Cross ready to respond to swine flu

01 May 2009

The British Red Cross has announced it is ready to respond if there is a large-scale outbreak of swine flu, and the international Movement is already responding globally.

Runner Andy Smith

Andy's story: a race of thanks

When Andy Smith collapsed with heatstroke as he crossed the Great North Run finish line in 2007, you’d be forgiven for thinking he would never want to run another mile.

A crying boy stands outside a tent

Thousands of civilians endure extreme suffering in Pakistan conflict

21 May 2009

Hundreds of thousands of civilians in Pakistan are enduring extreme suffering and hardship due to ongoing hostilities.

Volunteer hero Steve Gotts

Caitlind's story: ‘Volunteer hero turned my life around’

Red Cross staff member Steve Gotts has just won a prestigious Caring Hero award – after being nominated by a vulnerable young volunteer whose life he helped turned around.

Land rover driving along dirt track

Write your way overseas with the Guardian

15 May 2009

If you’re interested in writing, then the Guardian International Development Journalism competition is your opportunity to win a trip to visit an overseas project.

Tyrannosaurus Alan play at Red Rave

Young people rave for Red Cross

11 May 2009

Young people from Medway have raised money for the British Red Cross by putting on an intimate gig with some young up-and-coming local bands.