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Northern Gas Networks (NGN) joined the UK’s gas distribution networks to launch the Carbon Monoxide (CO) Charity Fund today (Wed 18 January 2017).

Charities and projects which support innovative CO-related initiatives across NGN’s network which covers the north of England, northern Cumbria and much of Yorkshire, are invited to apply for funding.

The gas distribution networks (GDNs) 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.

Dated: 16/09/2015 Northern Gas Networks' gas-safety stall, which has been organised in collaboration with INTU Eldon Square and is delivered in partnership with Gas Safe and Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade. Pictured: one of the Team with Michelle Tweddle from Jesmond #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

NGN staff show customers how a CO alarm works

The GDNs, which comprise Northern Gas Networks, SGN, National Grid and Wales & West Utilities, are hopeful the fund will encourage new ideas around raising awareness of the risks, dangers and symptoms of CO and the prevention of further CO poisoning cases in the UK. The companies are responsible for running the gas networks.

Tom Bell, Head of Social Strategy at NGN said: “We are pleased that GDNs 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.

“We look forward to receiving and considering all applications over the next few months.”

Known as the silent killer because it cannot be seen, smelled or tasted CO is the most common type of accidental poisoning and can lead to breathing, neuropsychological and cardiovascular problems and potentially death.

  • The deadline for application submissions will be Wednesday 8 March 2017 at 5pm.
  • Interested applicants can download the application form via this link http://bit.ly/COCharityFund

The Department of Health estimates around 4,000 people attend Accident and Emergency departments in the UK every year with suspected CO poisoning, and 200 are hospitalised. 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.

Anyone who smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency helpline on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.