Holgate’s Green Hosts Display Of Shelterbox Tents

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John Read in front of a Shelterbox tent.

Three different types of Shelterbox tents were on display on Holgate’s Green yesterday.

The exhibition demonstrated how the Helston-based charity’s emergency shelters have evolved over the years.

Now they have a porch and are constructed as a ‘tent within a tent.’ Organisers have found that a cavity between the two walls provides a thermal lining.

The event was hosted by the Rotary Club and Inner Wheel.

John Read says islanders are aware of Shelterbox but not all visitors have heard of the global charity, so holding the display in such a prominent location should increase their profile.

People who went inside the tents were surprised at how spacious they are. John says they look compact from the outside but “seem to grow as you walk in.”

The tents are dispatched in a crate with an essential bundle of blankets, tools and water purification products.

Unusually they also come with a ‘school kit’ so children’s education can continue while they’re living in the tent.

Ben Julian from St Martin’s has been on two Shelterbox response missions, to the Philippines and Malaysia. John said Ben’s talks with attendees were appreciated.