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News January 2010

Emergency response volunteer in the snow

Emergency teams respond to 'unprecedented' Scotland snowfall

05 Jan 2010

As heavy snows fall, our emergency teams are working round the clock in hazardous conditions to help snowbound communities in Scotland.

Coffee morning to celebrate two-year anniversary of the Red Cross’s dawn patrol

Wigan schoolchildren celebrate two years of dawn patrol

04 Jan 2010

Wigan has celebrated two years of the Red Cross’ dawn patrol service, under which schoolchildren regularly look out for elderly people.

Red Cross 4x4 Land Rover ambulance and 4X4 Land Rover Defender help staff and volunteers to support vulnerable people

Vulnerable people face snow in Cheshire

08 Jan 2010

Our staff and volunteers are braving the snow and ice to give vulnerable people across Cheshire extra support as more cold weather hits.

Woman walking in flood water

Tens of thousands caught in Africa floods

08 Jan 2010

Tens of thousands of people affected by floods in Kenya and Tanzania are receiving emergency relief from the Red Cross.

Man surrounded by rubble

Red Cross launches Haiti Earthquake Appeal

13 Jan 2010

A devastating earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck Haiti on 13 January 2010, killing thousands and affecting many more.

Sir Nick Young cuts ribbon on new disabled living centre and independent living shop

Leicester disabled living centre relaunched

11 Jan 2010

Staff and volunteers have celebrated the re-launch of our disabled living centre and independent living shop in Leicester.

Unimog emergency response vehicle in snow

Volunteers equipped to help vulnerable people cut off by snow

11 Jan 2010

As treacherous snow conditions persist, our volunteers and emergency vehicles are reaching vulnerable people in remote areas.

Fire victims inside the fire and emergency support service vehicle

Milestone fire call for Hampshire volunteers

11 Jan 2010

Volunteers in Hampshire leapt into action as their 1,000th call from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service came in.

Branded Red Cross Land Rover in deep snow

Emergency teams help across snowbound UK

07 Jan 2010

As the UK struggles with the worst snowfall in 30 years, our emergency teams are active across the country, including the A3 in Hampshire.

Red Cross Land Rover in deep snow

Volunteers help people cope in big freeze

08 Jan 2010

Temperatures across the UK plummeted again today – leaving hundreds of elderly and vulnerable people in need of support from our volunteers.

Red Cross Land Rover ambulance helping to support East Midlands Ambulance Service Trust (EMAS)

Red Cross supports East Midlands ambulances in fog and ice

14 Jan 2010

We are supporting the East Midlands Ambulance Service with an unprecedented number of calls about weather-related injuries.

Red Cross’s crisis intervention community support service (CICSS) staff and volunteers

Volunteers give support after more Notts snow

07 Jan 2010

Volunteers are braving the snow and ice to provide extra support for vulnerable people in Nottinghamshire.

Woman in distress

Haiti appeal: Red Cross raises £1 million in 36 hours

14 Jan 2010

An outpouring of public generosity for people devastated by the Haiti quake has helped us raise £1 million for our appeal in 36 hours.

People sleeping rough

Homeless people learn how to treat hypothermia and frostbite

15 Jan 2010

We're teaching homeless people in Peterborough how to treat hypothermia and frostbite, in response to the recent sub-zero temperatures.

A Red Cross first aider cradles an infant girl whose head is bandaged

Relief supplies arrive to help Haiti earthquake survivors

18 Jan 2010

Over the weekend, relief supplies and personnel continued to arrive in Haiti and the surrounding area.

Latrine being built

Turks and Caicos Islands recover from devastating hurricanes

15 Jan 2010

In the Turks and Caicos Islands, hundreds of people affected by hurricanes in 2008 now have proper sanitation thanks to our recovery work.

New born baby in man's hands

Haiti: babies born in Red Cross field hospital

22 Jan 2010

Two babies were born on 20 January at a Red Cross field hospital in Port-au-Prince, shortly after a magnitude 6 aftershock struck.

A hand putting money in a Red Cross collecting bucket

Help raise money for Haiti

21 Jan 2010

Fundraisers are taking to the streets up and down the country to raise funds for the Disasters Emergency Committee Haiti Earthquake Appeal.

Downcast boy in front of rubble

Now is not the time to judge the Haiti response effort

26 Jan 2010

Alastair Burnett, our recovery operations manager, explains the complexities of helping the people of Haiti get back on their feet.

A Red Cross worker examine's a girl's facial wounds

British Red Cross hygiene team heads to Haiti

21 Jan 2010

The British Red Cross is sending an emergency hygiene team to Haiti, with urgently needed sanitation equipment for the hundreds of thousands of people.

Tatton MP George Osborne and Red Cross Volunteer Patricia Watts

George Osborne thanks volunteers for winter support

15 Jan 2010

George Osborne thanked Red Cross volunteers who braved the snow and ice to provide extra support for vulnerable people across Cheshire.