Give help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Volunteer, learn new skills, donate or shop to help others.

The British Red Cross responds to an emergency every four hours – and the Covid-19 pandemic has been no exception.

Thanks to the power of kindness we’ve been able to support more than 1.5 million people in need, and as restrictions ease we will continue to support the most vulnerable for as long as we are needed.

If you're interested in supporting others during the coronavirus pandemic, there are a number of ways that you can get involved.

How the Red Cross is supporting during Covid-19

Our teams have been on the ground since the start of the pandemic, supporting more than 1.5 million people all over the country. By working together we've been able to:

  • collect and deliver over 14,000 medical prescriptions
  • make over 100,000 food deliveries to doorsteps countrywide
  • answer more than 21,000 calls on our national support line
  • provide financial support to more than 5,000 people through our hardship fund
  • assist over 32,000 people with transport, hospital aftercare and support at home, and
  • support more than 5,000 refugees across the country, and people seeking asylum.


Learn more about our work during the pandemic.


How to support others during Covid-19

From sharing your kindness by donating or volunteering your time, there are a number of ways you can help us to support others during Covid-19.

1. Make a donation

Donations to our UK Coronavirus response will help us to ensure that no one has to face the impossible choice between heating their homes, or buying food or clothing for their children. Your support will help us to deliver food, prescriptions, emergency cash and essentials to people who need it the most.

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2. Volunteer

Red Cross volunteers continue to provide much-needed support to local hospitals, service users and local communities.

However much time you have and whatever your experience, you can make a significant difference.

Arrow icon Support people to settle back home after a stay in hospital

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3. Gift a care package

The impact of the pandemic has affected us all, leaving many homes in the UK without the basics to survive.

With a virtual gift you can help someone homeless get back on their feet, help to provide medication, essentials or a food parcel to someone self isolating.

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4. Learn life-saving skills

With the ever-increasing pressure on our NHS, learning life-saving skills to support each other is more important than ever.

Use our free online adult and children digital classes to build skills and confidence, connect with others and learn how to help others in an emergency.

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More ways to support the Red Cross

The support we provide doesn’t end with Covid-19. At the Red Cross we work all year round supporting local communities, providing first aid resources, mobility aids, refugee services, educational resources, support at home, psychosocial support and more, but we need your help to do it.  

If you too believe in the power of kindness and want to join our community, learn how to get involved.