Shelter for Humanity changes name to Byond

Disaster relief charity founded by the former ShelterBox chief executive Tom Henderson found it was getting confused with other charities


The disaster relief charity Shelter for Humanity has changed its name to Byond less than a year after it was set up.

Shelter for Humanity was founded in April last year by Tom Henderson, the founder and former chief executive of ShelterBox. Henderson was dismissed by ShelterBox for gross misconduct in 2012, but said he would take the charity to an employment tribunal.

He was one of three men who were arrested and bailed on suspicion of fraud and money laundering offences at ShelterBox last year.

ShelterBox sends out large green boxes each containing a tent and other essential supplies in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

Byond’s website says its new name indicates its principle of providing "shelter to settlement" and going beyond disaster relief.

Henderson told Third Sector that the charity had decided to change name so soon to avoid confusion with other charities, particularly those offering housing support in the UK.

"We became aware quite quickly that the name was causing some confusion," he said. "We were receiving calls from people in places like Manchester asking us for help with their housing problems. We thought it best to take the bold step to change the name sooner rather than later."

The decision to rename was made before Christmas and the charity has gradually been making supporters and other interested parties aware of the change. Henderson said that there were no plans to have a formal launch of the new brand.

Byond is registered with the Charity Commission under the name the Jane Henderson Foundation, which was set up in memory of Tom Henderson’s wife, who died unexpectedly in 2012.  

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said that bail for all three men arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering offences at ShelterBox had been extended until April.

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