Support - British Red Cross

Mobilise the power of humanity so that individuals and communities can prepare for, deal with and recover from a crisis

Your Impact

Helping anyone, anywhere in the UK and around the world, get the support they need if crisis strikes

British Red Cross

For the last 150 years, British Redhave put kindness into action helping helping millions of people in the UK and around the world get the support they need when crisis strikes. They provide practical, local and emotional support to people around the UK.

Internationally they also provide aid to help people in emergencies, support refugees and survivors of trafficking, and those facing chronic hunger.

The British Red Cross are guided by seven fundamental principles:

Humanity - The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield. The Movement endeavours, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found.

It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, co-operation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.

Impartiality - The Movement makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.

It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.

Neutrality - In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

Independence - The Movement is independent. The National Societies, whilst auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.

Voluntary service - It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.

Unity - There can only be one Red Cross or Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.

Universality - The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.

The British Red Cross promotes and communicates the fundamental principles in the UK and overseas.