Cookies

How we use cookies

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to and stored on your device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners to provide you with a good experience while you browse, and also to provide information which can help website owners to improve websites.

Our site uses cookies to:

  • make our site work
  • collect anonymous data on how users navigate our site, which helps us to improve it
  • allow you to share our content on social networks
  • to help us provide relevant advertising to those who may be interested in it.

We do not use cookies to:

  • collect any personally identifiable information
  • pass personal identifiable data to third parties.

Below is a list of cookies used on this site including: , strictly necessary cookies, functional cookies, performance cookies and advertising cookies.

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be performance cookies or advertising cookies.

Functional cookies

These enhance your experience whilst using the site by recognising you when you return to our site, for example, by remembering accessibility preferences.

We use the following functional cookies on our site:

Cookie: Cookie acceptance policy
Name:
cookies
Purpose:
Used to store a unique identifier for your session, providing a mechanism for persisting information between web pages. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.
Expiry:
Session

Cookie: Website traffic
Name:
ARRAffinity
Purpose:
Used to distribute traffic to the website on several servers in order to optimise response times.
Expiry:
Session

Performance cookies

Cookie: Google Analytics
Name:
_ga
Purpose:
Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
Expiry:
2 days

Cookie: Google Analytics
Name:
_gid
Purpose:
Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
Expiry:
1 day

Cookie: Google Analytics
Name:
_gat
Purpose:
Used to throttle request rate
Expiry:
1 day

Cookie: Google Analytics
Name:
collect
Purpose:
Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.
Expiry:
Session

Advertising cookies

Remarketing is a way for us to connect with people who have recently interacted with our site. We may place remarketing cookies on your device during your visit so that our carefully selected third-party suppliers, including Google, may use the information gathered to show you British Red Cross advertising when you visit other websites.

Third party cookies

We use some some third party services or software on our website. If you go to a page on our website that contains this embedded content you may be sent cookies from these websites, for example YouTube videos, Google maps, Facebook and Twitter. We do not control the setting of these cookies, so we suggest you check the third party website for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

Controlling use of cookies

Most internet browsers automatically accept cookies unless you change your browser settings. If you wish to restrict, block or delete the cookies which are set by any websites, you can generally do this through your browser settings. These settings are usually found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your internet browser.

Please note however that if you set your internet browser preferences to block all cookies, you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

Unless you have adjusted your internet browser settings to block cookies, our site will set cookies.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit http://www.aboutcookies.org.uk/.