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Fraud trial of Shelterbox founder due to start today

Tom Henderson is charged with fraud and two other offences. Credit: ITV West Country

The trial of Tom Henderson, the founder of the Cornish charity Shelterbox, is due to begin in London today.

He's charged with fraud and two other offences. Also charged alongside him are his son John and and Darren Gervis from Beaminster. The trial is due to last around ten weeks.


Cornish charity says more aid is needed for refugees in Greece

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Cornwall-based charity ShelterBox continues to help with the migrant crisis in Greece.

Aid workers are on the island of Lesbos delivering tents to Syrian refugees, for many of whom Greece is a gateway to the rest of Europe.

Sam Hewett, who is part of the team on the island, told us more aid is needed.

A quiet day in terms of people arriving is about 1200 people. A busier day is 2,000, and it's predicted that it'll be up to 3,000 people per day arriving in Greece and on Lesbos for the next two months.

– Sam Hewett, Operation Co-ordinator, ShelterBox
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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

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.

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