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An introduction to Shelterbox

With its international HQ in Helston, Cornwall has a right to be proud of the work provided by Shelterbox.

About Shelterbox
The international relief charity rapidly delivers emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who have been made homeless by disasters. Founder and CEO, Tom Henderson OBE, saw the humanitarian response in most disasters was in the form of food and medicine. Little or no assistance was being given in terms of safe, secure shelter to help families survive the first days, weeks and months as they try to rebuild their lives. ShelterBox was created to fill this void.

The ShelterBox solution in disaster response is as simple as it is effective. They deliver the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.

How can you help?
ShelterBox relies heavily on donations to make our work possible. About half of funds come direct from the UK public, the rest is raised by our international affiliates.  We are also very grateful for the support we receive from companies and trusts.  
£590 will allow ShelterBox to deliver emergency shelter and other lifesaving equipment to a family who have lost everything following a disaster.

In August 2007 HRH The Duchess of Cornwall became the charity’s President and Royal Patron, following her visit to the Helston HQ that summer. The Duchess and the Prince of Wales were first introduced to ShelterBox whilst on an official visit to Pakistan in 2006 where they learnt of the work helping the victims of the Kashmiri earthquake.

ShelterBox patrons include the actress Miss Joanna Lumley OBE, Lady Mary Holborrow, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and Cornish-born Olympic rower Annie Vernon.

Further information
For more information on how you can help, donate or take part in the work of Shelterbox you can visit their website or email


Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015