150 years of Kindness

We are marking our anniversary by recognising the people who built the Movement one act of kindness at a time.

 

Kindness drives the Movement

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

Since 1870 we’ve supported those who need it most, no matter who or where they are, in the UK and overseas.

A painting of the burning of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp after WWII by British Red Cross artist Doris Zinkeisen.

 

Discover our 150 Voices online exhibition

See the Red Cross’ moving history through 150 key objects from our archives. Together, they form a fascinating look at our work and people since our foundation.

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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.

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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

 

Yemen, the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis

Conflict, flooding and now coronavirus are causing terrible suffering in Yemen. The Red Cross and our partners the Red Crescent are helping overstretched health facilities.

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Volunteers from the Yemen Red Crescent Society unload cartons of food from a truck.

A year to remember, a year to act

The Red Cross is helping more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic in the UK and around the world.

Two British Red Cross volunteers stand on either side of a Red Cross vehicle, with one wearing a protective mask and apron.

How the Red Cross is helping with coronavirus

From medical supplies to emotional support, we're ready to help.

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

Red Cross volunteers and coronavirus

From delivering food to answering calls, our volunteers are a lifeline across the UK

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.

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