I have today been looking at ways we can help those in need out in Japan. It seems that the best charity to support if the Red Cross. Although they do not have any specific events in Essex at the moment, they do organise a lot of nationwide fund raising events in addition to running some shops. If you have not already seen the before and after photos of tsunami hit Japanese towns then they will certainly shock you. There is a massive operation ahead.
If you just want to donate, here is the link to make a one off payment: www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Japan-Tsunami-Appeal
The Essex Red Cross
The division of The Red Cross that cover Essex is the Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex Red Cross. Their HQ is in Hertford:
- Baker Street
- SG13 7HT
- TEl: 0844 412 2830
- Email: [email protected]
Red Cross Shops
The Red Cross have 2 shops in Essex. To support the Red Cross you could shop here for second-hand clothes, books, multimedia, bric-a-brac and many other items, or you could volunteer in the shop – call the shop for details.
- 11 Weavers Court
- CO9 2JN
- 01787 475 116
- 3 Central House, High St, Dovercourt
- CO12 3PT
- 01255 507 078
Red Cross Open Gardens
One of the popular Red Cross initiatives is the Open Gardens, where the public open their garden to others to raise a little money for charity.
“Open Gardens offers a rare opportunity to explore the secrets of hidden and private gardens not usually open to the public. The programme has a spectacular list of gardens of all shapes and sizes throughout the UK.”
You can also volunteer your support, to do so email the Red Cross at [email protected] to find out how you can get involved.
Selected Red Cross Events
The Red Cross are involved in many events, such as the Paris Marathon on 10th April, and also organise their own fund raising challenges and social events such as bike rides, hikes, swims, concerts and runs. Some British events picked by EssexPortal (click the titles to learn more form the Red Cross website):
British Red Cross: working across borders – 13 APR 2011
London – Hear from our chief executive and Red Cross delegates talk about their experiences working in crisis situations. Tickets: £12 each. Telephone: 020 7382 4650. Email: [email protected]
Call My Bluff with wine – 10 JUN 2011
London Bridge – Think you know your Sancerre from your Sauvignon Blanc? Join us for a wine tasting with a difference. Tickets: £45 (tickets will be available in April). Telephone: 020 7382 4650 Email: [email protected] Address: Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London Bridge SE1 9DD
Hadrian’s Wall trek – 15 JUL 2011
One wall, one weekend, and one epic adventure through history.
Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge – 16 JUL 2011
Yorkshire Dales – Put your best foot forward for this exciting challenge in stunning surroundings.
Offa’s Dyke charity walk 10 SEP 2011
Offa’s Dyke, Wales – We dare you to complete the last 23 miles of the Offa’s Dyke path from Clwyd Gate to Prestatyn.
London Christmas Fair – 16 NOV 2011
London – Come to our annual Christmas Fair at the splendid Kensington Town Hall and do all your Christmas shopping under one roof.
Christmas Market – 28 NOV 2011
London – Solve all your Christmas present worries under one roof at this eagerly anticipated fair.
Red Cross Autumn Gift Fair – Safron Waldon
One of the Essex events listed on the Red Cross website is an autumn gift fair at Quendon Hall in Saffron Walden. It is being held on the 12th October 2011, tickets are £4 for entrance and include tea/coffee and some biscuits. So if you like to shop in support of charities, this is one option in Essex.
From more information:
- Telephone: 01245 291014
- Email:[email protected]
- Address: Parklands Quendon Hall, Quendon, nr Saffron Walden CB11 3XN