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Monday 09 July 2012

Met Office campaign raises almost £2,000 for ShelterBox
Met Office campaign raises almost £2,000 for ShelterBox Dee Cotgrove, Met Office Head of Communications, presenting the cheque to Maribeth Lloyds, ShelterBox Corporate Fundraising Manager, on the day.

At the start of the year, the Met Office decided to turn a ShelterBox into a large collection box and place it in a prominent position in their headquarters in Exeter.

The ‘Fill a ShelterBox’ campaign culminated in a staff competition to raise further money by guessing the amount in the box.

On Tuesday 3 July, ShelterBox Corporate Fundraising Manager, Maribeth Lloyds, joined colleagues at the Met Office to count the donated money. After nearly three and a half hours counting, the final total was revealed to be £1,743.85.

Dee Cotgrove, Met Office Head of Communications, presented the cheque to Maribeth on the day.

The campaign was a final push at the end of the Met Office's three-year term with ShelterBox as their corporate charity.

Tim Bunting, ShelterBox UK & Ireland General Manager, said: 'We feel very fortunate to have had such a great partnership with the Met Office. £1,743 is a fantastic amount raised through their ShelterBox collection and it will go towards our on-going support for families displaced by disasters around the world.

'Our partnership with them has been hugely beneficial to ShelterBox. Not only has the Met Office donated vital funds to our disaster relief work, but they have also been invaluable in providing daily weather updates that can forecast where the next call for help may come from. This level of support has really made a huge difference to our work. We would like to thank the Met Office for all of their support over the past three years and we wish them the best of luck with their new charity partner.'

The Met Office has kindly donated the securable money box lids used on the large scale collection boxes in the hope that other organisations will run a similar challenge.
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