A sports quiz in Truro last night (Feb 25), organised by chartered accountant Bishop Fleming with support from NatWest and the Royal Bank of Scotland, raised £1,276 for ShelterBox’s disaster relief efforts.
Bishop Fleming then added £197 from previous fund-raising events which took the total to £1,473 -enough to buy three ShelterBoxes – treble the original target.
The big event was held at the Alverton Manor Hotel, where architects, lawyers, accountants and property agents from the mid-Cornwall area were among the 100 participants who made up 25 teams each donating at least £20.
They also boosted the fund-raising effort through a raffle, with numerous prizes donated by Cornish businesses, and enjoyed a hot buffet supper for their efforts.
The Helston-based ShelterBox charity provides emergency shelter provision in iconic green boxes, each containing a disaster relief tent for up to ten people, a stove, blankets and other items essential for survival.
Each box costs £490, including the cost of all materials, packing, storage, transport worldwide and distribution to the needy. Assuming six months’ use, this equates to shelter and warmth for less than 30 pence per person per day.