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Carbon monoxide awareness charity gets boost but needs more to survive

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Health and also in Environment, Housing

Carbon monoxide awareness charity gets boost but needs more to survive Carbon monoxide awareness charity gets boost but needs more to survive

A charity that spreads awareness on the devastating effects of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning has received a boost from a housing association - but will still close on 14 January unless urgent funding is found.

Halton Housing Trust is getting behind CO Awareness' drive to stay afloat by asking people and organisations to make donations.

Halton's CEO, Nick Atkin, is planning to write to all of the country's housing associations to appeal for funds. He has also had letters concerning the charity's plight published in the trade press.

Halton has also made a donation of £500. United Utilities, which heard about the charity's plight on a radio show, has donated £200.

CO Awareness needs around £30,000 a year to operate. All of its staff are volunteers and its office space is free as it works out of Aintree Community Fire Station in Liverpool. It needs funds to finance its campaigns.

CO is the UK's most common form of poisoning. Official figures from the Department of Health show that every year in the UK 4,000 people are diagnosed with low-level poisoning, 200 are admitted to hospital and approximately 50 people are killed.

Lynne Griffiths, president of CO Awareness, set up the charity after her and her family were affected by the poison over many years. Despite regular gas services, a partially-blocked flu had remained undetected in their home.

Lynne said: "If 100 landlords each gave us £500 we could survive, which is less than £10 a week. With the Chancellor's cuts about to kick in this year, we are going to see more families cutting corners as they strive to cut costs. The likelihood of people being affected by this poison are going to increase."

The charity urgently needs support to help it survive so it can continue to offer support to those who need it. Donations can be made here.

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