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More than £40,000 raised for orphans in Sierra Leone

The aid will be carried out to Sierra Leone on the Gypsum Centennial, which has been undergoing a refit in Falmouth Credit: ITV News

More than £40,000 has been donated to a shipping company in Cornwall to help send vital provisions to an orphanage in Sierra Leone in time for Christmas.

A&P Falmouth started the appeal two weeks ago.

Later volunteers from Shelterbox and RNAS Culdrose will be packing up boxes to send to Africa.

Life has been hard in the West African country since war broke out and prices have risen. The situation is made even harder since the outbreak of ebola in March.

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Founder of Cornwall charity in court over fraud

The founder of charity ShelterBox, from Cornwall, has appeared in court on fraud charges. Credit: ITV West Country

The founder of the aid charity ShelterBox has appeared in court accused of fraud and attempted theft from the charity.

Tom Henderson (left) with his son

Tom Henderson appeared before the City of London Magistrates' Court charged with three counts of fraud by abuse of position. Mr.Henderson did not enter a plea and will appear at the Old Bailey on 22 September with his son and a Dorset businessman who face similar charges. Mr Henderson left the charity in July 2012 and was arrested a year later.

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Full report: Cornish charity looks to future

The new head of Shelterbox has said the Cornish charity must move on after the acrimony surrounding the sacking of its founder Tom Henderson.

Alison Wallace was appointed chief executive five months ago.

She is determined the Helston based charity puts the past behind it and cements its position in the world of aid agencies.

It is now trying to raise £2m to help Syrian refugees.

New Shelterbox boss looking to the future

The new head of Shelterbox says it must move on after the controversial sacking of its founder Tom Henderson. Alison Wallace was appointed chief executive five months ago.

She's determined the Helston based charity puts the past behind it and cements its position in the world of aid agencies. It's now trying to raise two million pounds to help Syrian refugees.

Shelterbox Credit: ITV News West Country

A chance to go behind the scenes at Shelterbox

The international aid charity, which is based in Helston, is opening its doors from 10 am today Credit: ITV News West Country

The international relief charity Shelterbox is holding an open day at its headquarters in Helston in Cornwall.

It's offering people a chance to see behind the scenes at the warehouse where its famous boxes are prepared.

They are sent to disaster zones across the world. This week volunteers have been busy packing special boxes designed to help Syrian refugee families in Lebanon prepare for the approaching winter. Find out more here

Some of the boxes that give the charity its name Credit: ITV News West Country

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New Shelterbox Chief Exec

Cornish charity Shelterbox has appointed a new Chief Executive. Alison Wallace comes from Amnesty International and will take up the role in April.

Last year the founder and former head of the charity Tom Henderson was controversially sacked.

He was accused of trying to place an order with a firm which had links to his son, without telling the charity's board. He denies the accusation.

ShelterBox founder gives first interview since sacking

The founder of ShelterBox has spoken in public for the first time since he was controversially sacked from the Cornish charity.

Tom Henderson was accused by ShelterBox of trying to place an order with a firm which had links to his son, without telling the charity's board.

Mr Henderson told The West Country Tonight he'd done nothing illegal and the charity was looking for an excuse to get rid of him. He said the charity's board had tried to blacken his name in a campaign of character assassination.

Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.

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