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Actress Joanna Lumley is to become a patron of a UK-based disaster relief charity.

The actress will take up the position for Cornwall-based charity ShelterBox, an organization set up in 2001 that has so far helped over 800,000 people in 57 countries recover from disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, wars, and volcanic eruptions. Established by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, the charity is supported by international affiliates set up by Rotary clubs in various other countries, including Australia, USA, Canada, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, France & Switzerland.

Lumley said she “really loves and admires the charity,” which sends boxes to disaster victims that contain blankets, tents, water purification and cooking equipment, tools and more. The boxes cost £490 each.

Lumley isn’t the only high profile figure to be associated with the organization – the charity’s President is HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

More information about the charity can be found at the official website.

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