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Cornish charity to help relief effort in Nepal

Cornish charity Shelterbox has sent a team out to Nepal Credit: Nabin Subedi

The Cornish charity Shelterbox has sent a team out to Nepal to help set up shelters for those made homeless by the earthquake.

The charity says it already has a number of its boxes, stocked with emergency aid, in the country and will send out more if they are needed.

One of our contacts based in Kathmandu told us that the environment is filled with fear and that people have been told to expect more tremors. There is a lot of damage in Kathmandu and emergency relief will be required for sure

– Dave Ray, ShelterBox Operations Coordinator

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Cornish charity poised to aid cyclone victims

Vanuatu has been devastated by a tropical cyclone Credit: KRIS PARAS/AAP/Press Association Images

Conrwall-based disaster relief agency ShelterBox, which provides highly portable emergency shelter and equipment for families displaced by natural catastrophes, says it's poised to help victims of the tropical cyclone that's hit Vanuatu.

The archipelago of 82 islands about 1,000 miles north east of Australia has been battered by Cyclone Pam, a tropical storm with maximum wind speeds of 170mph. There are already reports of eight known deaths, but aid agencies on the scene expect numbers of fatalities to run into dozens.

ShelterBox, which is headquartered at Helston, says it has teams and equipment on standby in Australia and New Zealand, ready to respond once the islands' main airport is reopened.

"We have contacted the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Vanuatu government, colleague charity CARE International, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International.

"All are aware of ShelterBox's capability and willingness to respond to any unmet shelter needs generated by the cyclone. ShelterBox stands ready to act quickly to deliver prepositioned emergency materials that we have available in the region."

– Phil Duloy, Shelterbox

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.

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

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.

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