How To Help

How To Help

Disaster Aid UK & Ireland is a charitable organisation which is almost totally dependent on private donations.  We pride ourselves on our low overheads and virtually all our work, both in the UK and overseas, is undertaken by volunteers.

They following links give you more information if you would like to join us to help those affected by disasters by:

Making a donation
Commission a Painting
Providing Corporate Sponsorship
Helping us to promote our mission
Helping us to raise funds
Helping us to develop
Becoming a volunteer aid worker


Making a donation

We have found that people can be incredibly generous once a disaster has struck.  In such cases, we usually create a special fund raising campaign and funds raised by this campaign will be used for the specific disaster concerned.  However, a real challenge for all disaster aid organisations, ourselves included,is that we need to be able to raise funds in preparation for future disasters.  This enables us to pre-position the stock of aid products in various parts of the world so we can respond quickly to the very urgent need when disaster next strikes.

If you are able to make a donation, however small, please choose your preferred option from the following: (If you are making a donation by bank transfer or cheque, we will get 25% extra if you also complete the Gift Aid Form and send it to Disaster Aid UK & Ireland, PO Box 209, Manchester, M34 0BP)

Online via mydonate
Bank Transfer

Sort Code: 01-04-57 Acc No: 33031355.

Please put your name as the reference.

By Cheque

Please make the cheque to “Disaster Aid UK & Ireland” and send it to PO Box 209, Manchester, M34 0BP.  


* Please note that the Gift Aid Form refers to “The Rotary Emergency Box Trust” which was the original name which we were registered with before we became part of the “International Disaster  Aid” group.  See Governance. 


We are indebted to Rotary clubs in the following Rotary districts for their financial support in our accounting periods that run from July to June:


2016-17 (current year)

District 1010Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Banffshire, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Fife, Highlands, Inverness-shire, Kincardineshire, Moray, Orkney Isles, Perth& Kinross, Ross-shire, Shetland Isles, Stirling, an d Western Isles

District 1120 – East Sussex, Greater London, Kent, and Gibraltar

District 1150Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Gwent, Mid-Glamorgan, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales, Swansea, Torfaen, and Vale of Glamorgan

District 1180Anglesey, Cheshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Lancashire, Merseyside, Powys, Shropshire, and Wrexham

District 1190Cumbria, and Lancashire

District 1040 – East Riding of Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, and West Yorkshire

District 1080 – Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, & Suffolk

District 1200 – Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire

District 1210 – Shropshire, Staffordshire, & West Midlands 

District 1230Argyll, City of Glasgow, Ayrshire (East, North and South), Dunbartonshire (East and West), Highlands, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, Strathclyde, and Wigtownshire

District 1260 – Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Hertfordshire 

District 1285  – Cheshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Isle of Man, Lancashire, Merseyside, Staffordshire, and West Yorkshire



District 1040East Riding of Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, and West Yorkshire

District 1060Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, and Worcestershire 

District 1070Essex, Greater London, Hertfordshire, Middlesex

District 1130 – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and Rutland 

District 1180Anglesey, Cheshire, Clwyd, Conway, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Lancashire, Merseyside, Powys, Shropshire, and Wrexham

District 1210Shropshire, Staffordshire, & West Midlands

District 1285Cheshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Isle of Man, Lancashire, Merseyside, Staffordshire, and West Yorkshire


Commission a Painting

portraitAlan Duncan is not only one of our Ambassadors but also a talented artist who accepts commissions on behalf of Disaster Aid.  The full cost will  be donated to Disaster Aid -including the 25% Gift Aid !   Click  here for more examples of his range and style. If you are interested in obtaining a unique piece of Alan’s work then please send us an email and we will arrange for Alan to contact you. He normally works from photographs or just the suggestion of a topic and  is able to email clients with details of the work in progress.   Prices are typically as listed below:

E-paintings. Portraits (£20) or Landscapes (£ 30)

A4 pencil/watercolour portraits (£25)

A4 ink and wash landscapes (£50)

A3 watercolour or acrylic or oil (£100)

A2 or panorama- oil or acrylic (£ 150)


Providing corporate sponsorship

We welcome contact from any companies willing to provide sponsorship for our activities.  In return, we can provide exposure for the company concerned through various options:

  • The website
  • During a specific fund raising campaign
  • During a specific event ( ie charity ball, sponsored hike)

Please contact Robert Strachan, Chairman of Disaster Aid UK & Ireland, to explore these options further.

Schools, clubs etc also have the option to sponsor a tent  or water filtration system.


Helping us to promote our mission

We have a full programme of presentations, demonstrations and exhibitions suitable for Rotary clubs, professional organisations, schools etc. We are very interested in both extending our regional cover and increasing our profile with local and national businesses and also younger people by working with schools, colleges and youth groups.

The more people we have on the ground, the more we can do !  We are therefore interested in hearing from anyone who in is interested in becoming an Ambassador for us.   We provide a day of training for new Ambassadors and also an experienced ambassador to co-present during the first one or two events.

For further information on becoming an Ambassador,  please contact Robert Strachan,Chairman of Disaster Aid UK & Ireland. Those wishing to become an Ambassador should also complete the

and return it to Robert Strachan.

If any group or organisation is willing to host a talk, demonstration or exhibition please contact contact us.


Helping us to raise funds 

If you live within reach of Greater Manchester, please do join us at one of our general meetings.  These, typically, take place every two months and the main focus of business is concerned with various fund raising and promotional activities.  These events range from balls and dinners, sponsored walks, golf tournaments, fashion shows, various music benefits to numerous street collections.  New ideas are always welcome and it is a good way of gaining experience of how to raise funds.

If you have plans for a significant personal challenge and are looking for a worthy cause, then please look no further!  In the past our supporters have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and organised sponsored swims and cycle rides for us. You can set up a fund raising page to manage your sponsorship under our BT My Donate banner by following this link.

If you have a gift, a service or an experience to offer, these would be most welcome for the various raffles and auctions we run at our events.

Please contact Us for dates of our general meetings and further advice on any of these fund raising activities.


Helping us develop 

Disaster Aid International was established in 2010 and, together with our international partners in Australia, Brazil, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Uruguay, and USA, we are continually examining and refining our operations to improve them. Our management team comprises both active and retired professional people acting as volunteers who are all dedicated to providing disaster relief. We are therefore very interested in welcoming volunteers who have new ideas and skills to offer. All are welcome to attend our general meetings which take place every two months.

For those with limited time to offer, there are many ” bite sized ” areas of work that we would like to develop for those with the interest and skills (for instance marketing/social media,  press relations, graphic and web design, legal, curriculum development).

For further information on becoming a member of our team,  please  contact Robert Strachan, Chairman of Disaster Aid UK & Ireland.


Becoming a volunteer aid worker 

The deployment of aid into an area affected by a disaster is undertaken by a Disaster Aid Response Team (DART). This is typically made up of an experienced aid worker and two or three DART volunteers. Such volunteers will already have been assessed on one of our hands-on, residential intensive training courses and have made the commitment to provide two weeks of their time each year in the event of  a deployment.  Training of new DART volunteers is an on-going process and we usually run at least one course each year in one, or more, of our partners countries.  Get further  information about our deploymentsand becoming a DART member.





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