A charity dedicated to raising awareness of the killer gas carbon monoxide (CO) is at risk of closing down due to lack of funding.
Carbon Monoxide Awareness will cease all activities at the end of December this year unless new funds are forthcoming.
The charity was established in April 2005 by Lynn Griffiths who enlisted support from Tony Brunton, a gas registered engineer and expert witness and recruited volunteers to spread the awareness message. The charity has been run entirely by volunteers.
Ms Griffiths said: “This is important work and I believe we have succeeded in getting our message across and in saving many people from suffering and the possibility of premature death.
“I’m devastated by the thought of giving it up, but unless we secure funding from somewhere, we will cease all activities after Christmas this year.”
The future of Carbon Monoxide Awareness is at risk at a time when an estimated five million homes throughout the UK have gas appliances that are incorrectly installed, poorly maintained or damaged, putting homeowners seriously at risk.
Official figures 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 die.