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Jury goes out in fraud trial of Shelterbox founder

Tom Henderson (left) is accused of awarding contracts to his son's firm. Credit: ITV West Country

The jury has been sent out in the trial of the founder of Cornish aid charity Shelterbox.

Tom Henderson (seen above on the left) is accused of awarding contracts for camping and survival equipment to his son's firm.

Tom and John Henderson both deny conspiracy to defraud, as does a third man Darren Gervis, from Beaminster in Dorset, who's accused of trying to hide the details from trustees.

Jury to be sent out in the trial of the founder of Shelterbox

Tom Henderson (left) is accused of awarding contracts to his son's firm Credit: ITV News

The jury is expected to be sent out in the trial of the founder of Cornish aid charity Shelterbox.

Tom Henderson (seen above on the left) is accused of awarding contracts for camping and survival equipment to his son's firm.

Tom and John Henderson both deny conspiracy to defraud, as does a third man Darren Gervis, from Beaminster in Dorset, who's accused of trying to hide the details from trustees.

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Cornish charity to benefit from Bond film premiere

Daniel Craig as 007 in Spectre Credit: Sony Pictures

Cornish charity ShelterBox has been chosen as one of three charities to receive funds from the world premiere of the new James Bond film Spectre. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have nominated ShelterBox to benefit from one of London’s biggest red carpet events, the Royal Film Performance at the Royal Albert Hall on October 26.

The Royal Film Performance is held in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the charity for the UK film, cinema and commercial television industries, which provides support for those working behind the scenes in times of hardship. Save The Children will also benefit. The charities receive an equal share of the value of tickets, and sales of a special souvenir programme featuring a page about ShelterBox.

A ShelterBox emergency kit for emergency relief Credit: ShelterBox

This is ShelterBox’s second brush with Hollywood action movie fame this year. The charity’s Australian affiliate provided ShelterBoxes and tents for closing shots of a post-earthquake shelter camp at the climax of the summer blockbuster ‘San Andreas’ starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

‘For ShelterBox to have been put in the spotlight in this way, and given the chance to benefit from such a Royal and celebrity occasion, is a huge honour. The world’s media will be there, and we will have the chance to tell some very famous and influential people what we do, and how we do it.’

– Alison Wallace, ShelterBox CEO

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Fraud trial of Shelterbox founder continues

Charity founder Tom Henderson is accused of fraud Credit: ITV News

The trial of Tom Henderson, the founder of the Cornish charity Shelterbox, is set to continue in London this week.

The 63-year-old, who is no longer associated with to the Helston disaster charity, is alleged to have awarded supply contracts to his son John Henderson with the help of his colleague Darren Gervis.

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.

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