150 years of Kindness

We marked our anniversary by recognising the people who built the Movement one act of kindness at a time. And what a year it was.


Kindness drives the Movement

The British Red Cross has been helping people in crisis for more than 150 years.

Since 1870 we’ve supported those who need it most, no matter who or where they are, in the UK and overseas. And we hope to do so for at least 150 more.

Get your Royal Mint 150th anniversary coin

The Royal Mint has created three unique commemorative coins to honour 150 years of kindness through the British Red Cross.

A picture of the British Red Cross commemorative coin, with the words:

Get your 150th coin

The Royal Mint is honouring the Red Cross with our first commemorative £5 coin

Henry Gray, a coin designer for the Royal Mint, stands in front of a mural of two smiling faces.

The fascinating story behind the coin

How the Red Cross worked with designer Henry Gray to capture our heritage in a coin


Responding to a changing world

Climate change, conflict and now coronavirus are causing terrible suffering around the world. The Red Cross and our partners the Red Crescent are providing urgent healthcare, shelter and supplies to the most vulnerable people.


A family in The Sahel, where the British Red Cross supports several communities.

People in the Sahel region of Africa are some of the worst affected by climate change. 

A year to remember, a year to act

The Red Cross has been helping throughout the coronavirus pandemic in the UK and around the world.

John, a doctor and British Red Cross emergency volunteer in Dundee, smiles.

with you throughout the covid pandemic

From medical supplies to emotional support, how volunteers have responded.

A British Red Cross volunteer wearing a mask and gloves loads a bag of food from Tesco into an emergency vehicle.

kindness has no borders

Covid-19 can reach anyone, anywhere. Our new campaign aims to help people worldwide.

If you feel inspired, join us in whatever way you can

Volunteer, donate or remember us in your will to help those in need for the next 150 years. 

Whatever you can offer, there are lots of UK volunteering opportunities at the British Red Cross. 

Small acts of kindness can make a huge difference. Any amount you can give will help us reach more people. 

Any gift you leave, or make in memory, will be a lifeline to someone in facing a crisis, wherever they are in the world.

Confetti lying in a pile at the bottom of the screen.