31 March 2014
In just over a month, Red Cross Week 2014 will sweep across the nation. So now is the perfect time to start planning how you can get involved.
There are numerous fundraising events across the UK that you can take part in. You can also have a go at organising your own event – it could be anything from a cake sale to a sponsored skydive.
Show your support
Taking place between 4 -10 May, Red Cross Week is a great chance to show your support for the British Red Cross by raising money to help us in our work.
With your support, we want to raise as much money as possible. Everything you raise – no matter how big or small the amount – will go towards our work of saving lives in the UK and abroad.
Oliver Morgan, community fundraising support manager, said: “Our supporters never cease to amaze us with their incredible fundraising efforts to support our crucial work.
“We can’t wait to see what people do in Red Cross Week, which has always been a huge success in years gone by. We’re expecting big things in May!
“It’s the highlight in our fundraising calendar and we want to beat last year’s total of £1 million, but we’re only going to do that with your help.
“There’s always a great atmosphere at events and there’s plenty of fun to be had. Whatever you fancy doing, your support is so valuable. Any money that you raise will really make a huge difference.”
Just £20 could buy 60 foil blankets for use by victims of a UK emergency. A donation of £100 could keep a support vehicle running for a week to help people after house fires and other emergencies.
Family events: Red Shoe Walks
The Red Shoe Walk was a great success last year, with young and old donning their red shoes and clothes to show their support for the Red Cross in London.
Building on that success, there will be five Red Shoe Walks happening this year between April and June. The walks are taking place across the UK so look out for one near you.
There are loads of other fundraising ideas and tips on the Red Cross Week pages where you can also download a handy fundraising pack.
To get an idea of the sorts of things people do to raise money, check out Jules’ story of using her hair for a good cause.