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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


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.


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
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