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Search and Rescue Appeal

Please donate to the Search and Rescue Appeal

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What would make you step onto an inflatable dinghy to undertake a treacherous journey across the sea, a journey you might never complete?

Extreme poverty? Persecution? War?

Thousands of families are choosing this terrifying option every day. They are fleeing unimaginable horrors across the Middle East and North Africa. They know the risks. They know they might lose their lives on this crossing.

The danger they face on this journey is a safer option than the fate that awaits them at home.

This year alone, more than 3,200 people are known to have lost their lives trying to make the perilous crossing. That number is likely to be far higher, in reality.

We desperately need your help to keep our rescue boats out at sea, saving lives. Standing by and watching people drown is simply not an option.

Please donate today.

The British Red Cross, in partnership with the Italian Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), is supporting the search and rescue boats, The Responder and The Phoenix.

Red Cross medics on board each boat are giving first aid, food, water, clothes and blankets to rescued men, women and children.

Your donation today will help save lives.


Donate by phone

0300 023 0819

Please note

In the unlikely event that we raise more money than is needed for the Search and Rescue operation in the Mediterranean, any surplus funds will be allocated to the Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal.

Donate by post

Please send cheques made payable to British Red Cross to:

Search and Rescue Appeal
British Red Cross
44 Moorfields

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