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Why support the Red Cross

As part of the world's largest humanitarian network, the British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We enable vulnerable people at home and overseas to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help people recover and move on with their lives.

What we do overseas


A smiling girl carries a jug of clean water in HaitiEmergency response

We are often the first organisation at the scene of disasters, providing emergency relief such as shelter, clean water and food.

Preparing for local disasters

In disaster prone areas, we train people in emergency response skills and ensure vital relief supplies and resources are in place.

Health and care in the community

We tackle major health issues and offer social care and support to vulnerable people.


Protecting people in armed conflict

We visit prisoners and teach both the general public and armed forces about international humanitarian law.

What we do in the UK


Emergency response

From major incidents to transport accidents, evacuations, floods or fires, we respond to all kinds of emergencies,

First aid

Every year, we train hundreds of thousands of first aiders to cope with emergencies both at work and in the home. We also provide first aid cover at hundreds of public events.

Health and social care

We provide valuable short-term support to vulnerable people in the UK, including lending medical equipment and care at home

Refugee services

We help vulnerable refugees  and asylum seekers in the UK.

International tracing

When families are separated by conflict, disaster or migration, we work through a global network to put them back in touch - wherever they are.