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Free First Aid App from British Red Cross

The British Red Cross has launched an innovative new mobile app that will give smartphone users helpful advice in an emergency. The app will be available for Apple, Android and Blackberry, and will feature simple advice on everyday first aid scenarios, as well as tips on how to prepare for emergencies. Completely free of charge, the app features videos, interactive quizzes and step-by-step advice in an emergency, and you never know, it could saves someone’s life.

British Red Cross head of first aid education, Joe Mulligan, said –

It’s vital that everybody knows basic first aid skills to help themselves and the people around them, and this app is a great way to reach people who may never go to a class. By harnessing mobile technology, with this app anyone can have life-saving skills at their fingertips. We believe that having basic first aid skills helps keep families and communities safer. The Red Cross encourages everybody to take the responsibility to learn first aid before an emergency strikes. This app makes our knowledge and experience in first aid readily accessible to smartphone users who can not only access it instantly when they need it, but also allows them to learn first aid at a time that suits them.

The current version of the app contains excellent advice for Christmas, and also features winter weather tips on as the cold season begins to take a grip on the country. If you would like to download it, simply click on the link below to find it on iTunes AppStore, Android Market or Blackberry Appworld. You never know, it could come in use this festive season.


> > Click here to download free app

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Get Locked up with Mike Joyce from The Smiths

The British Red Cross will be hosted a ‘Jail and Bail’ event on Thursday 1st December 2011 to help raise funds for the charity. This will give people the opportunity to be locked up with one of their heroes, and this one has particular appeal to myself. As a massive fan of the band The Smiths, you can now have a chance to be locked up with ex-drummer Mike Joyce for a few hours at Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Taking place at the Manchester Police Museum, guests will be booked in by a police sergeant upon arrival, then fingerprinted and crimes noted. They will then be taken into an original 1895 courtroom and put on trial, and if they are found guilty they will be sent down to the police cells where Mike will be among the inmates. Guests will be charged with a variety of fun crimes, such as ‘crimes against fashion’ and ‘crimes on the golf course’. Upon their release, the convicted will be treated to a drinks reception, not such tough justice!

Mike said –

The event sounds like a bit of fun and it’s all for a good cause so I’m very happy to help. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to be put on trial for yet but I’m sure my mates will have a few suggestions. I hope that we’ll get a good turn out and raise lots of money for the British Red Cross.

This is the second time Mike has helped out the British Red Cross this year alone, having already auctioned some rare items included a limited edition photograph and a signed snareskin for the charities Japan appeal.

Senior community fundraiser, Toni Kennedy said –

We can’t thank Mike enough for agreeing to support our event. It promises to be a really fun event and hopefully we’ll raise thousands of pounds for our work both here in the UK as well as overseas.


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Record Profits at British Red Cross Vintage Shop

British Red Cross staff are pleased to announce that their first ever solely vintage shop in Shrewsbury has turned record profits in it’s first week! As reported here, the newly refurbished shop on in Mardol Street has seen an amazing 114% increase in profit compared to this time last year, a truly staggering improvement! The retro Tudor building is now seeing a far steadier stream of customers, with some popping in every day to see what’s new. The shop itself has had a complete facelift that is obviously pleasing the punters eye.

Red Cross regional fundraising manager, Hannah Simpson said –

We have been overwhelmed by the response and are delighted that it has been such a success. I think people love our stock because we offer genuine one-off pieces at a reasonable price so they can achieve a really fashionable look while also giving to a worthwhile cause!

There’s not just vintage and retro clothing on offer either, but also a great selection of accessories and home ware available too, some of which has caught the eye of some of the UK’s top fashion bloggers.

Beauty for all Budgets blogger, Leanne Bilsby, said –

I wish all of Shrewsbury’s local residents and fashion enthusiasts the best of luck in rifling through the menagerie of vintage wonder, because if I ever happen to “accidentally” get on a train and not get off again until it stops in Shrewsbury then I will be buying the lot.

The success of this first shop has seen plans for other vintage Red Cross stores planned for the UK in 2012, which is great news if Shrewsbury is a bit of a trek. Congratulations to the British Red Cross team on this amazing increase in profit, long may it continue.

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British Red Cross Open Their First Vintage Store

The British Red Cross are pleased to announce the opening of their first ever vintage shop in Shrewsbury on Wednesday 19th October 2011. The store was officially opened by Mary Steadman and Ann Allport, local ladies who have been volunteering for the Red Cross for an amazing 25 years.

Staff and volunteers have been working against the clock to open the store on time. The Tudor building on Mardol Street in Shrewsbury is now a vintage shoppers’ playground, with a great selection of stylish bargains available. There was even a celebratory tea party with cakes and cucumber sandwiches for customers and staff alike.

New business manager at the British Red Cross, Diana Goss, said –

This shop is a unique opportunity for us to celebrate our history and move it forward. Shrewsbury seemed the obvious choice for us to open our very first vintage shop as there is a really strong market for vintage clothing here. The huge range of clothing available in this shop means that there really is something for everyone.

The shop itself is open from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm, and the address is –

  • British Red Cross vintage shop
  • 14 Mardol Street
  • Shrewsbury
  • Shropshire
  • SY1 1PY
  • Tel: 01743 248 757

So if you’re in the area, why not pop in for a nose at the bargains and help raise much needed funds to assist the British Red Cross in their continued work across the globe.

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Liverpool FC Auction for British Red Cross East Africa Appeal

Liverpool Football Club will be hosting an online auction with nearly 300 items available to help raise funds for the British Red Cross. The auction, which started on Monday 11th October 2011, features loads of amazing memorabilia that would be perfect for any avid Liverpool fan out there, with items available including –

  • Tour of Anfield
  • 1st team players kits (including Gerrard, Carragher & Reina)
  • Kenny Dalglish training kit
  • 3 night stay at Beatles themed hotel

British Red Cross retail field manager, Sue Ratcliff, said –

We cannot thank Liverpool Football Club enough for their generous donation yet again. We are so grateful to the support the club show us.  These are items you just can’t get anywhere else and we’re hopeful that we will raise thousands which will go to help those affected by the devastating conflict and famine which is affecting millions of people in East Africa.

The club had previously helped raise a whopping £18,000 for the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal in the summer, so here’s hoping this online auction goes just as well. Simply click on the link below to join other football fans from across the world to have a chance to bid on unique Liverpool FC merchandise and raise money for the British Red Cross East Africa Appeal.

Footybid business manager, Brendon Kenny, said –

When we first heard that the Red Cross had such a unique collection of ‘money cannot buy’ memorabilia to raise money for such a great cause, we just had to help. With the insatiable demand for all things Liverpool FC at home and abroad it just made sense to promote it to a much wider audience and raise money for the amazing work the Red Cross is doing in East Africa.

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Big Brother Helps Raise £5,500 for British Red Cross

British Red Cross charity officials were absolutely delighted when a bidding war broke out between two previous Big Brother participants for a piece of the show’s memorabilia, and helped raise an amazing £5,500 for the charity!

Channel 4 very kindly donated a number of items from the old Big Brother house to be auctioned for the British Red Cross Disaster Fund. This gave fans of the show a chance to bid on parts of Big Brother history, though nobody expected a bidding war to break out between previous contestants ‘Nasty’ Nick Bateman and Mario Mugan. They both went bidding crazy of the spooky fortune teller Bob Righter, with the final price reaching a whopping £4,700!

Mario, said –

I am thrilled to have got my hands on Bob Righter, especially as I beat Nick Bateman in a bidding battle at the very last minute. As it got towards the end of the auction the price was just getting higher and higher – I couldn’t quite believe it. But no-one was going to out-bid me! Bob Righter brings back loads of great memories of my time in the house, as I was standing next to him when he first came to life. I am so pleased that as well as buying an iconic piece of Big Brother history, all the money is going to the British Red Cross to support people affected by disasters around the world.

Bravo Mario on your generosity to such a worthwhile cause, and of course to the Channel 4 television channel for donating to the British Red Cross such amazing pieces of television history.

British Red Cross Disaster Response Manager, Barry Armstrong, said –

We are very grateful to Channel 4 for donating these unique props to the British Red Cross. The money we have raised will help us respond quickly and effectively to disasters like the current famine in East Africa. Already this year the Disaster Fund has enabled us to provide millions of pounds of aid in the immediate aftermath of humanitarian crises.

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TV Presenter sees Stars at Charity Triathlon

Telly presenter OJ Borg saw a completely different set stars than he may usually when he came a cropper at the Tatton Park Triathlon last week in Cheshire. Whilst taking part in the gruelling cycle part of the event, OJ lost control of his bike and ended up unconscious with a large gash across his forehead.

Luckily for him, British Red Cross first aiders were on hand to assist and take him straight to a nearby Manchester hospital where he received stitches. OJ was just one of 28 casualties on the day, in what sounds like quite a tough competition!

OJ said –

I support the work of the British Red Cross, in particular their efforts to get everyone taught life-saving skills. Accidents such as the one I had at the weekend can happen to anyone and it not only helps but is comforting to have the knowledge that someone nearby can help. First aid learning is now more accessible has been developed specifically to be easy to learn, easy to do and fit in with people’s busy lives; so we should all go for it.

If you would like to some information on how to learn a few free first aid tips which could prove completely invaluable, simply click on the link below to check out the Everyday First Aid. Here you will be able to find videos depicting first aid scenarios and downloadable information, plus a quiz to test your knowledge at the end. After all, you never know when these skills may come in handy, just ask OJ!

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Red Cross Team Respond to Scottish Floods

British Red Cross emergency rescue teams had to act fast to help evacuate 46 elderly residents from the flood threatened care home, The Meadows, in Scotland on Monday 8th August 2011. Things kicked off dramatically when the water level of the River Deveron rose dangerously high due to torrential rain close to the care home in Huntly, Aberdeenshire. This area of Scotland have been absolutely drenched in flooding thanks to three days of incessant rain.

Operations director, Ian Rideout, said –

We were called in to help as soon as the river showed signs of bursting its banks – and ensured all the residents were safely transferred to alternative temporary accommodation. The problem was caused by continuing rainfall which has brought chaos to many parts of Northern Scotland since the weekend. Our experienced volunteers are on standby to help with any weather-related situations that arise.

It is the second time in less than a twelve months that The Meadows has been evacuated due to the river threatening to burst its banks. This time it took eight emergency response volunteers to ferry residents from the home to other local care centres and using a fully equipped ambulance and three specialist patient transport vehicles.

If you would like to apply to join the British Red Cross emergency response volunteers, simply click on the link below to find out more information on this truly fulfilling opportunity.

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British Red Cross Warn Haitians of Tropical Storm Brewing

The British Red Cross use of mobile phone technology has once again come to the forefront, as they help the people of Haiti prepare for the imminent, and unwelcome, visit of the tropical storm Emily. Over the next few days people will be bracing themselves for heavy rains, potential landslides and flooding.

The British Red Cross have responded by sending millions SMS messages across the country to inform the local people to prepare themselves for the impending storm, and offer some potentially life saving advice in how to stay safe.

British Red Cross recovery manager, Alastair Burnett, said –

People are still very vulnerable. Thousands of families are living in camps, in unsafe shelters or housing, and in areas prone to flooding or landslides. We’re working to make sure people are prepared and know how to keep themselves safe, both from the physical dangers of the storm and also the threat of cholera which floods can bring.

Volunteers have strengthened a ravine in Haiti to prevent soil erosion, whilst others are going door to door to spread safety information and what to do when the storm hits. The Red Cross has also been on the front line helping organise and improve 3,000 shelters alongside running first aid courses and ditch digging.

It’s only 18 months since the Haiti earthquake struck, lets hope that storm Emily is not as bad as expected and that the people their are fully prepared for the ensuing bad weather.

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Represent The British Red Cross at Great North Run

The British Red Cross are looking for people to take part in The Great North Run, the world’s most famous half marathon. Taking place on Sunday 18th September 2011 in Newcastle, this famous 13 mile course will test you to your very limits of endurance. 52,000 people have already registered, would you like to join them and help raise funds for The British Red Cross. Each member of the team will receive –

  • Training plans and advice
  • Fundraising Pack
  • Running Vest
  • Pro one on one assistance

Plus after the race you will also receive a VIP treatment tent, plus a massage and loads of free refreshments. The deposit is only £46, with a minimum sponsorship of £300 per runner. If you have already entered, you can still join the team, simply click on the link below for more information on this great way to raise funds for The British Red Cross whilst taking part in one of the world’s most famous races.


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