Carbon Monoxide Charity Fund welcomes applications

For immediate release – Wednesday 18 January 2017 

Carbon Monoxide Charity Fund welcomes applications

The companies which are responsible for running the gas networks across the UK have launched their Carbon Monoxide (CO) Charity Fund, inviting UK charities to apply for funding to support their CO related initiatives.

The Gas Distribution Networks (GDN’s) will consider applications on an annual basis and award one-off grants up to the value of £2,000 from the fund which has been launched for the first time today.

The GDN’s which comprise National Grid Gas Distribution, Northern Gas Networks, SGN, and Wales & West Utilities are hopeful the fund will encourage new and innovative ideas around raising awareness of the risks, dangers and symptoms of CO and the prevention of further CO poisoning cases in the UK.

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.

“Upon the launch of the fund today, we look forward to receiving and considering all applications over the next few months.”

  • The deadline for application submissions is Wednesday 8 March 2017 at 5.00pm.
  • Following the deadline, the GDNs will meet in April and write out to applicants thereafter.
  • Download the application form to submit your application. To download the application form and Terms & Conditions click here

CO is the most common type of accidental poisoning and can lead to breathing, neuropsychological and cardiovascular problems and potentially death.

The Department of Health estimates around 4,000 people attending Accident and Emergency departments in the UK are diagnosed with CO poisoning. Accurate numbers are however difficult to determine because the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning are very similar to other common illnesses and so can often be misdiagnosed by health professionals.

ENDS

Notes to editors

ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

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Adrian McConnell

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