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Conservation charity's volunteers hit by insurance withdrawal

Conservation charity's volunteers hit by insurance withdrawal

The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) has had to stop work by two-thirds of its volunteers after its insurance company withdrew cover.

Last month BTCV had to halt the work of two-thirds of its volunteers after its insurer Ecclesiastical withdrew cover. The insurer found that it was no longer insuring simple volunteer work now that BTCV’s volunteer work can include working at heights or underwater.

Ecclesiastical did give the charity notice, but BTCV was unable to find a substitute in time. Subsequently Zurich Municipal has agreed to insure many of the volunteer groups’ work.

Read Risk halts volunteering by Chris Wheal at SocietyGuardian.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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