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Donating via text message is an easy way to support our work using your mobile phone.

Text-to-donate promotions

You can make donations to the British Red Cross by text. This is an easy way to support our work using your mobile phone. See how to donate by text and the full terms and conditions below.

 

Current promotions

 

National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal

 

  • Text APPEAL to 70141 to donate £10

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) was set up to raise and distribute funds fairly and efficiently at a time of large scale domestic disaster. If we raise more funds than are needed for this appeal they will be held in trust by the NET and used to support the UK public affected by future large scale domestic disasters.

Vodafone and British Red Cross TV Advert

  • Text CONNECT to 70141 to donate £5

Vodafone is partnering with the British Red Cross to support our response to the Coronavirus crisis. This support will enable us to continue to work with the NHS and the UK’s emergency services, helping the most vulnerable people in society and those in crisis.

 

It Starts With Her

 

  • Text STAND or HER to 70141 to donate £10 or £3

All public donations made to It Starts With Her before 7 April 2020 will fund our overseas work and will be matched by the UK government up to £2 million. For every pound you give the UK government will double it to build sustainable livelihoods and safer communities in Bangladesh.

 

Santa TV Advert

 

  • Text THIRTY, TWENTY or TEN to 70141 to donate £30, £20 or £10

The funds raised from the Santa TV advert will support our work reuniting separated refugee families. In the unlikely event we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent on this programme, any surplus funds will go towards our wider services supporting refugees around the UK.

 

Cyclone Appeal

 

  • Text HELP to 70141 to donate £10 

The Cyclone Appeal will cover numerous countries including those currently affected and those potentially affected in the future. In the unlikely event we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to prepare for and respond to other humanitarian disasters anywhere in the world.

 

General Funds

 

  • Text COLD to 70141 to donate £10 

Our general fund supports people across the UK and around the world when the worst happens. From blankets for people who’ve had a fire at home to food parcels for those who had to flee, the Red Cross is there whenever and wherever we are needed. 

 

Syria Crisis Appeal

 

  • Text KIND to 70141 to donate £10

The Syria Crisis appeal will cover numerous countries including those currently affected and those potentially affected in the future. In the unlikely event we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to prepare for and respond to other humanitarian disasters anywhere in the world.

 

Yemen Crisis Appeal

 

  • Text FOOD to 70141 to donate £10

The Yemen Crisis appeal will cover countries currently affected and those potentially affected in the future. In the unlikely event we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to prepare for and respond to other humanitarian disasters anywhere in the world.

 

Gift Aid

Please sign up for Gift Aid if you’re making a text donation. It means we get more money to help people in crisis.

 

For every £1 you donate, Gift Aid allows us to claim an extra 25p from the government. There’s no cost to you. There’s no extra paperwork. All you need to do is give us your permission.

 

To find out more, see our Gift Aid page.

To find out more about text-to-donate promotions, get in touch

Phone number:

0300 456 1155 

Calls charged at your phone operator’s UK landline rate

How to donate by text: terms and conditions

Here are the terms and conditions for our current text-to-donate promotions:

British Red Cross text-to-donate promotions

The donation will be added to your next phone bill, plus your standard network text charge.

We’ll receive 100 per cent of your £1.50/£3/£5/£10/£20/£30 donation.

You cannot donate from a mobile phone in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man, or from outside of the UK.

If the keyword or short code you text is invalid, you may still be charged your standard network message charge. You’ll not be charged for a donation as you’ll not be donating to the British Red Cross.

If you send a text in error to British Red Cross numbers (70600, 70141, 70507 or 70607) it’s likely that you’ll be charged if the keyword in your text is ‘active’.

You’ll know the keyword is active if you receive a text from the British Red Cross to confirm the donation.

If this has happened, please contact your network directly to claim a refund.

If your network will not refund the donation, you should contact the British Red Cross.

However, we’ll not be able to make the refund until the payment has cleared in our account. This may take over 90 days.

If we raise more money than can reasonably be spent on relief work for a specific appeal, we’ll use your donation to respond to humanitarian disasters elsewhere.

Any donations we receive to short codes or keywords that we are no longer promoting may also be used wherever the need is greatest.

All supporters must obtain permission from the bill payer before sending a text message. If you are under 16, you must have your parent or guardian's permission to send a text donation to the British Red Cross.

You’ll only receive future marketing texts and/or telephone calls from us if you have agreed to this.

Please remember to read the terms and conditions. Text STOP to the message you receive from us should you no longer wish to receive texts from the British Red Cross. You may be charged for this text at your standard text rate. To stop our texts, you can also call us free on 0800 2800 491 or email supportercare@redcross.org.uk.

You can donate a maximum of £10 in one text donation and no more than £30 in any 24-hour period. These restrictions are imposed by the mobile network operators.

Regular giving by text

Have you chosen to make a regular donation by text? Then we’ll send you a text each month as a reminder.

You can choose to skip a month’s payment by texting SKIP to 70002. This must be done within 24 hours of receiving the reminder.

You can stop your monthly £3 or £5 donation at any time. Just text STOP to 70002 or call 0203 282 7862.

Viewing our online content on a mobile phone may incur data charges. Texting SKIP or STOP will be charged at your network’s standard rate.