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British Red Cross Spring/ Summer Snapshot

British Red Cross-Across Suffolk- what we do near you.

BBC’s organic gardening guru, Bob Flowerdew, is supporting the Red Cross in Suffolk at Haughley Park Open Garden on Sunday May 12th. He’ll be presenting a talk on ‘No Work Gardening’ – ways to reduce or eliminate unnecessary chores and get more flowers, fruit and produce with much less work! A talk Bob describes as a “humorous vitriolic diatribe”. Tickets are £10 including access to the gardens and refreshments – call 01284 727247 for more details.

We have a host of heavenly gardens open across Suffolk this summer, I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than enjoying someone else’s gardening efforts and homemade tea and cake. Open Garden leaflets are available at local libraries, garden centres and tourist information centres or visit

This spring we helped sixteen year old Simon to save a life. Simon is part of young offenders programme in Suffolk. As part of his community programme he was trained in everyday first aid skills by the Red Cross. Walking home from the course he saw a man lying on the ground, frothing at the mouth – with his newly acquired skills he called 999, put the man in the recovery position and reassured him. He found out that the man was a diabetic and was possibly having a diabetic seizure. Simon’s prompt action not only helped to save a life but may also have turned his own life around.

On May 8th we celebrate the birthday of the founder of the Red Cross, Henri Dunant, by raising as much money as we can for services in Suffolk. In 2012 the British Red Cross helped almost 20,000 people in Suffolk – it’s my guess that Henri Dunant never dreamed of the impact his organisation would have in our small corner. And so, should you pass one of our volunteer collectors at a local supermarket this summer please stop and say hello and donate your small change – it’s through raising funds locally that we can carry on our work in Suffolk.

We spend more on helping people in Suffolk than we raise.

If you would like me to talk to your local group about the work of the Red Cross (or for anything else) contact Jane Dow on 01284 727247.


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