David Crook

Visitor Centre Volunteer

Meet David


“In early 2006 I was travelling in Sri Lanka when I met a man who had been devastated by the Boxing Day Tsunami. He had lost his wife, a child and his tuk-tuk business and been left to raise his one-year-old daughter on his own.

He had just been re-housed and proudly showed me his new home. He was one of many who had been helped by ShelterBox and he was still using his groundsheets, blankets and enamel cooking pots.

His story inspired me and although already a Supporter, I was determined to become a Volunteer.

In 2007 I gave my first talk as a ShelterBox Speaker and haven’t stopped since! I have just passed my 600th public event for ShelterBox, which has included nearly 150 tours around ShelterBox locations.

I have spoken to groups throughout England (and even to one in Australia!) and supported large events; I’ve packed boxes, stuffed envelopes, made box handles and helped at training events.

I am looking forward to the exciting challenges and opportunities that the new Visitor Centre will give me to engage further with the public and share the vision that is ShelterBox. I am passionate about ShelterBox and its work, believing in a world where no family should be without shelter.”

ShelterBox’s aid to families devastated by disaster and conflict provides safe shelter and hope and the glue that enables communities to remain together. ShelterBox’s aid to families devastated by disaster and conflict provides safe shelter and hope and the “glue” that enables communities to remain together.

Meet our other volunteers


Debbie Bellisio

Meet Debbie – cancer survivor and ShelterBox Response Volunteer.

Tim Vile

Meet Tim – ShelterBox Response Volunteer and former firefighter.

Tigger Pritchard

Meet Tigger – volunteer Speaker and part of the ShelterBox family.

Colin Bell

Colin walked 1,130 miles and raised an incredible amount of £25,000 for families affected by disaster and conflict.

Emily's Story

Emily, an events Volunteer talks about her personal experiences at various UK festivals to raise awareness of ShelterBox .