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News November 2009

Humanitarian Citizen Award winner Adam Sibley

Adam’s a busy superhero volunteer

20 Nov 2009

There may be young volunteers in the UK who are even busier and more dedicated than Humanitarian Citizen Award winner Adam Sibley – but we’ve yet to find them.

Humanitarian citizens awards superhero mask

All rise for the young heroes at Humanitarian Citizen Awards ceremony

14 Nov 2009

The winners of this year’s British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards have been called to order at an exclusive award ceremony at the Houses of Parliament in London.

Red Cross volunteers with Derby County FC Mascot, Rammie the Ram

Derby County FC match to raise money for the Red Cross

24 Nov 2009

Derby County football fans can support the British Red Cross as well as their favourite team by buying a ticket to the home game against West Bromwich Albion on 5 December.

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Elizabeth's story: supported every step of the way after Cockermouth floods

25 Nov 2009

When Elizabeth Casson's home in Cockermouth was flooded, she was understandably anxious. Thanks to a Red Cross volunteer who took the time to talk things through, Elizabeth is coping much better.

Flood - white cottage submerged in floodwater

Emergency teams respond to Huntly and Stonehaven flooding

03 Nov 2009

Volunteers worked round the clock to help evacuate vulnerable residents after heavy rain and burst riverbanks caused chaos in north east Scotland, flooding dozens of homes.

Choking child treatment

First aid hero gets a sure start as a life-saver

04 Nov 2009

A young parent who reluctantly attended a first aid course as part of the Sure Start programme was transformed suddenly into a convert – after his new skills saved his child’s life.

Staff, volunteers and supporters of the Red Cross enjoying the Manchester Ball

Glamorous night for the Red Cross raises over £50,000

20 Nov 2009

Over 600 revellers danced the night away at Red Cross balls in Liverpool and Manchester.

A young shop volunteer helps a customer

Help us raise 100k-a-day!

24 Nov 2009

Red Cross charity shops across the UK are trying to raise £100,000 every day until 5 December.

Queue outside Chelsea and Kensington shop's designer sale

Join the queues for 100k-a-day!

27 Nov 2009

Forget Ikea and Harrods – it’s the Red Cross that shoppers are queuing up outside of at the moment, eager to get their hands on Christmas bargains during our £100k-a-day fortnight.

Young man bandaging young woman's head

Life. Live it. first aid kit - “It’s been more successful than I ever envisaged”

30 Nov 2009

A Shropshire teacher had high hopes when she took on the Life. Live it. first aid education programme – but its positive effect on both students and teachers has surpassed even her expectations.

Woman cradles her baby

Loans combat drought in east Africa

06 Nov 2009

East Africa has always been a drought-prone region, but 25 years on from the famine in Ethiopia, which made the world sit up and take notice, the situation is deteriorating.

Red Cross workers deliver food

Pakistan crisis: recovery begins

27 Nov 2009

The Red Cross is helping kick-start local agriculture and boost small business in Pakistan, where families affected by the recent crisis are facing economic hardship.

Volunteer Barbara Alexander recieves awards from Trustee Stan Fitches

Pioneering volunteer honoured with award

17 Nov 2009

Lancaster and Morecambe volunteer Barbara Alexander was honoured with the prestigious Badge of Honour Award for Distinguished Service.

A boy wrapped in a blanket

Red Cross helps Peckham residents displaced by fire

26 Nov 2009

Red Cross volunteers worked in rest centres and handed out emergency items after a serious fire in Peckham led to over 300 people being evacuated.

Annie Lennox

Red Cross honours Annie Lennox with star-studded musical tribute

30 Nov 2009

On World Aids Day 2009, dedicated philanthropist Annie Lennox will be honoured as a Freeman of the City of London after being nominated by the British Red Cross.

Woman at hand pump well

Red Cross prepares for increased humanitarian needs over next decade

25 Nov 2009

In a survey predicting an increase in humanitarian needs in coming years, world policy makers emphasize the importance of better linking relief and development.

Cockermouth - into the floods

Red Cross rescue team joins Cockermouth floods rescue operation

20 Nov 2009

Following heavy rains that brought devastating flooding to Cockermouth, Red Cross swift water rescue teams have been helping in the operation to evacuate more than 200 people.

Flood in Cockermouth - volunteers in action

Red Cross rescue team on standby following Cockermouth floods

23 Nov 2009

After helping rescue more than 200 people during the devastating flooding in Cockermouth, the Red Cross’ swift water rescue team has been stood down – but is ready to deploy again if necessary.

Cockermouth volunteers talking beside floodwater

Red Cross volunteers provide help at Cumbria flood support centres

24 Nov 2009

As residents in Cockermouth start the long process of recovery following the recent devastating floods, the Red Cross is providing help at two flood support centres in Cumbria.

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

Red Cross volunteers respond to flat fire in Essex

13 Nov 2009

British Red Cross volunteers are helping over 50 people evacuated from their homes after a fire broke out in a flat in Basildon, Essex at 3am this morning.

Volunteer handing out hot drinks

Volunteers respond at stricken Southwark tower block

18 Nov 2009

Red Cross volunteers responded after over 100 people were left with no power or water in their 18-storey tower block for over 24 hours.

Group of people standing in formation to make World AIDS Day ribbon shape

World AIDS Day events highlight ongoing HIV stigma

27 Nov 2009

Volunteers are organising events in schools and universities across the UK this week to mark World AIDS Day on Tuesday 1 December.

11 Milion Takeover Day

Young people grab the Red Cross reins for 11 Million Takeover Day

05 Nov 2009

It was a senior management team meeting with a difference at British Red Cross headquarters on 6 November – as board members were temporarily ousted to make way for a younger generation of decision-makers.

Selby volunteers Max Jackson, Stephen Marson, Daniel Watson and Michaela Liddle.

Young Selby superheroes named runners up for top award

20 Nov 2009

Four young people from Selby were runners up for a Red Cross award, given at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament in November.