Red Cross Week
Celebrating the Power of your kindness
If you think the Red Cross only helps people in crisis overseas, then think again! Everyday around the UK, people are facing their own crisis – be it someone giving first aid to a stranger in the street, or an individual recently released from hospital and trying to live independently.
Red Cross Week ties in with World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. It is an annual celebration of their work across the world, including in the UK and is celebrated on 8 May each year.
The International Red Cross
seven fundamental principles that bind together the different elements of the International Red Cross were created in Vienna in 1965. The National Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies are all part of this global family.
This set of s principles mean that the people the Red Cross help can trust that they are neutral, independent and impartial. Their supporters know that they help those most in need both in the UK and internationally.
The seven fundamental principles are:
- Voluntary Service
The British Red Cross
When war broke out between France and Prussia in July 1870, Colonel Loyd-Lindsay (later Lord Wantage of Lockinge) wrote a letter to The Times. He called for a National Society to be formed in Britain just like in other European nations.
On 4 August 1870, a public meeting was held in London following the breakout of way between France and Prussia in July and a resolution passed that ‘a National Society be formed in this country for aiding sick and wounded soldiers in time of war and that the said Society be formed upon the rules laid down by the Geneva Convention of 1864.’
The British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded in War was formed. It gave aid and relief to both warring armies during the Franco-Prussian War and in other wars and campaigns during the 19th century. This was done under the protection of the red cross emblem and was renamed as the British Red Cross in 1905.
For more information on the British Red Cross and the other organisations within the Red Cross group, see below
British Red Cross – https://www.redcross.org.uk/
American Red Cross – https://www.redcross.org/ns/site/index.html
The International Committee of the Red Cross – https://www.icrc.org/en
The Red Cross Helping You
Did you know that closer to home, in fact possibly in your local town or city, the British Red Cross is working right now on projects in your community?
Did you know you could borrow or hire a wheelchair on a short-term basis? You just type in your postcode to see where your nearest provider is. https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/borrow-a-wheelchair
You can get support and care to help you live independently at home or when you return after a stay in hospital. If you’re returning from hospital, they make sure you have everything you need for your first 24 to 72 hours back at home. They may then provide up to 12 weeks of support depending on the level of help you need. https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/get-support-at-home
If you are living with loneliness or social isolation (or you know someone that is), they can help you connect with your local community via their Connecting Communities team and start:
- meeting new friends
- connecting with local activities and services
- rediscovering your interests or finding new ones
- building your confidence
The Red Cross also run courses in First Aid which are open to everybody so if you want to learn the basic skills need to help in a first aid emergency They also have a great learning resource for teachers : https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/teaching-resources
How can you get involved?
If you want to help and support the British Red Cross, there are lots of different things you can get involved in from coming up with new fund-raising ideas, volunteering in one of their shops – and yes, there is even a Red Cross e-bay shop! You can shake a collection bucket or for those that are ‘green fingered’, you could open your garden to raise money. To get involved, click here.
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