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Text-to-donate promotions

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We offer text to donate as a way to make quick easy donations to the British Red Cross via your mobile phone.

We are currently promoting a number of appeals which are listed at the bottom of this page.


Terms and conditions

The donation will be added to your next phone bill, plus your standard network text charge. We will receive 100% of your £1.50/£3/£5/£10 donation. Please note that you cannot donate using this service from a Channel Islands, Isle of Man mobile or outside of the UK.

If the keyword or short code you text is invalid you may still be charged your standard network message charge. You will not be charged the donation as you will not be donating to the British Red Cross.

If you have sent a text to the British Red Cross’ number (70600) in error you may still be charged if the keyword is active. You will know the keyword is active if you receive a text from the British Red Cross to confirm the donation. if this has happened, please contact your network directly to claim a refund. If your network will not refund the donation you can contact the British Red Cross. However, we will not be able to make the refund until the payment has cleared our account, which may take over 90 days.

For any specific appeal text asks, if we raise more money than we cannot reasonably spend on the appeal, we will use your donation to respond to humanitarian disasters overseas or in the UK. Any donations we receive to short codes or keywords we are no longer promoting will be used wherever the need is greatest.

All supporters must obtain permission from the bill payer before sending a text message. If you are under 16 years old, you must have your parent or guardian's permission to send a text donation to the British Red Cross.

We might text you to tell you about the difference you have made and how you can donate and save more lives. To opt out of receiving text messages send STOP to 70600 (standard network rates apply) or email mailenquiries@redcross.org.uk.

You are unable to donate more than £10 in one text donation and no more than £30 in one 24 hour period. These restrictions are imposed by the mobile network operators.

If you send a text to request information from British Red Cross, to a number that you may have seen advertised, you will be charged your standard network rate. You will receive a call back with the information requested. If you no longer wish to receive this call text NOCALL to 70600 or email challenges@redcross.org.uk.


Currently we have the following promotions live:


Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal

  • Text ACT to 70600 to donate £10 (between 3 September 2015 - 31 January 2017)
  • Text GIVING to 70600 to donate £10 (between 29 February - 31 January 2017)
  • Text REFUGEE to 70600 to donate £10 (between 3 September 2015 - 31 December 2016)
  • Text FAMILY to 70600 to donate £5 (between 3 September 2015 - 31 January 2017)
  • Text SAVE to 70600 to donate £10 (between 3 September 2015 - 31 January 2017)
  • Text FUND to 70600 to donate £3 (between 3 September 2015 - 31 January 2017)
  • Text COMFORT to 70660 to donate £10 (between 28 September 2016 - 28 March 2017)
  • Text SAFE to 70600 to donate £10 (between 2 September 2016 - 2 March 2017)

The Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal will support refugees and communities affected by the crisis across Europe and in neighbouring countries. In the very unlikely event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to help us support refugees anywhere in the world.

Co-op partnership

  • Text TACKLE to 70600 to donate £5 (between 20 July 2015- 31 December 2017)
  • Text CARD to 70600 to donate £1.50 (between 01 December 2015- 31 December 2017)
  • Text BIGRED to 70600 to donate £2 (between 24 March 2016- 31 December 2017)
  • Text SHARE to 70600 to donate £1 (between 4 July 2016 - 31 December 2017)
  • Text WEATHER to 70600 to donate £3 (between 22 July 2016 - 31 December 2017)

The Co-op partnership will help tackle loneliness in the UK.

Yemen Crisis Appeal

  • Text YEMEN to 70600 to donate £10 (8 April 2015 - 31 January 2017)

The Yemen Crisis appeal will cover countries currently affected and those potentially affected in the future. In the unlikely event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to help us prepare for and respond to other humanitarian disasters anywhere in the world.

Syria Crisis Appeal

  • Text AID to 70600 to donate £10 (between 8 January - 31 December 2016)
  • Text RELIEF to 70600 to donate £10 (between 12 October 2015 - 31 January 2017)
  • Text LIVES to 70600 to donate £10 (between 1 August 2016 - 18 February 2017)
  • Text FOOD to 70600 to donate £10 (between 1 August 2016 - 2 March 2017)
  • Text ALEPPO to 70600 to donate £10 (between 1 August 2016 - 18 February 2017)
  • Text CHILD to 70600 to donate £5 (between 1 October 2015 - 31 December 2016)
  • Text KIND to 70600 to donate £10 (between 28 September 2016 - 28 March 2017)
  • Text GIFT to 70600 to donate £10 (between 19 April 2016 - 31 January 2017)

The Syria Crisis Appeal will cover numerous countries including those currently affected and those potentially affected in the future. In the unlikely event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to help us prepare for and respond to other humanitarian disasters anywhere in the world. 


General Fund Appeal

  • Text SUPPORT to 70600 to donate £10 (between 12 October 2015 - 31 July 2017)
  • Text COLD to 70600 to donate £10 (between 28 September 2016 - 28 March 2017)

Foodie Fest

  • Text TEN to 70600 to donate £10 (from 21 June 2016)
  • Text TWENTY to 70600 to donate £20 (from 21 June 2016)

Text for information

The following keywords are active to request information for events:

Text ABSEIL to 70600 for the Orbit Abseil challenge
Text BIKE to 70600 for the London to Paris bike ride
Text BRIGHTON to 70600 for the London to Brighton cycle ride
Text CHALLENGE to 70600 for the Paris Half Marathon
Text CYCLE to 70600 for all cycling events
Text LONDON to 70600 for the Red Shoe Walk London
Text MANCHESTER to 70600 for the Great Manchester Run
Text MARATHON to 70600 for the London Marathon
Text NIGHTRIDER to 70600 for the Nightrider cycle ride
Text NORTH to 70600 for the Great North Run
Text PARIS to 70600 for the Paris Marathon
Text PARKS to 70600 for the Royal Parks Run
Text RIDE to 70600 for the Ride London Surrey 100
Text RUN to 70600 for any running event
Text SHOE to 70600 for the Red Shoe Walk London
Text SNOWDON to 70600 for the Snowdon Trek
Text TEAM to 70600 for any event
Text WALK to 70600 for any walking event
Text FOODIE to 70600 for information about Foodie Fest


Regular giving by text

For supporters who are giving a regular gift through SMS, British Red Cross will send a monthly reminder text and supporters can choose to skip that month's payment, by texting SKIP to 70002 within 24 hours of receiving the reminder. Supporters can stop their monthly £3 or £5 donation at any time, by texting STOP to 70002 or by calling 0203 282 7862. Viewing online content may incur data charges with some mobile contracts. Texting SKIP or STOP will be charged at your network's standard rate.



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