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UK Coronavirus Response

Donate now to help people in crisis

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Why we need your help

The coronavirus outbreak is the greatest global health emergency in living memory. It is affecting the way we all go about our daily lives.

In these uncertain times, small acts of kindness can make a huge difference.

For over 150 years, the British Red Cross has supported people in the UK in times of crisis. The ongoing, ever-changing situation concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is no exception. Our network of incredible staff and volunteers means we are uniquely placed to reach people in fearful, uncertain times. 

But it’s the generosity of our supporters that enables our work to happen quickly and efficiently. We rely on your support to keep us going. With your help, we’ll continue to provide vital humanitarian, individual support for the most vulnerable, and those who fall through the gaps.

There is someone who needs you today. Your donation can change their life.


UK Coronavirus Appeal: key facts

  • 2.4 million people in the UK were experiencing poverty before the pandemic. Today, around 670,000 more are living in extreme poverty
  • We’re working in over 100 UK hospitals, and have helped 73,726 people home safely since March 2020
  • During the Covid-19 crisis, we’ve supported 27,526 refugees, people seeking asylum, survivors of trafficking and their dependants
  • More than half of UK adults (55%) find it hard to talk about their problems, leaving people feeling isolated and lonely at this difficult time

We refuse to ignore people in crisis. We help people cope with disasters, conflicts and personal crises.

Thanks to your support, every year:


people are trained in life-saving first aid skills


people can be helped to cope after UK emergencies

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