GDN CO charity fund aims to boost awareness of silent killer

A new charitable fund designed to encourage new and innovative ideas around raising awareness of the risks, dangers and symptoms of CO has been launched by the four distribution network operators.

GDN CO charity fund aims to boost awareness of silent killer

National Grid Gas Distribution, Northern Gas Networks, SGN, and Wales and West Utilities will award one-off grants up to the value of £2,000 from the fund to UK charities which could prevent further cases of CO poisoning in the UK.

The Department of Health estimates around 4,000 people attending Accident and Emergency departments in the UK are diagnosed with CO poisoning, although this number could be higher as the symptoms of CO poisoning can often be misdiagnosed.

CO poisoning accounts for around 40 deaths in the UK each year.

Phil Burrows, chair of the GDN CO Best Practice Group said: “We are pleased that GDN’s across the UK have collaborated to set up this important fund, providing support to charities who already work on CO related initiatives and engaging new charities with fresh ideas to get involved.”

Charities have until 7 March to apply, before the GDNs decide upon the successful applicants in April.

Wales and West Utilities’ head of emergency and metering services, Clive Book said: “We are delighted to be working with the other UK gas distribution networks to support this important fund.

“We want to not only help charities, which already work on CO safety initiatives, but also engage new charities with fresh ideas.


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