A night to remember at the Mercy Ships Ball

Don Stephens at the Mercy Ships Ball 2018

A night to remember at the Mercy Ships Ball

The Mercy Ships 40th anniversary summer ball was a huge success, raising more than £140,000 to help fund our medical programmes in Africa.

The ball, which took place on 9 June at 8 Northumberland Avenue in London, was attended by the charity’s founder, Don Stephens, corporate supporters, individual donors, Mercy Ships volunteers and TV presenter JB Gill.

Guests were treated to a presentation from Mr Stephens (pictured), who established Mercy Ships in 1978 with his wife Deyon, alongside videos showing the charity’s work transforming lives over the past 40 years. Guests also enjoyed a live auction hosted by celebrated auctioneer Charlie Ross, a silent auction, fine dining and live music from Creation’s DJ-Live.

Through ticket sales, event sponsorships and donations on the night, Mercy Ships raised more than £140,000. This money will help to fund our medical programmes in sub-Saharan Africa, where Mercy Ships is working to eradicate diseases of poverty by providing free operations and medical care, training to local healthworkers, and renovations of hospitals and clinics.

Changing the odds

Lea Milligan, executive director of Mercy Ships UK, said: “I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended our 40th anniversary Mercy Ships Ball, and gave so generously. The money raised at this event will transform countless lives and bring sustainable change to the countries Mercy Ships visits.

“We have had an incredible 40 years of transformation already – but there is still work to do. Two out of every three people in the world cannot access the medical care they desperately need, and Mercy Ships is working to change the odds.”

Mercy Ships would also like to extend its thanks to all of the Mercy Ships Ball 2018 sponsors and partners: Tristel, EH Global, Matriks, Consultancy Team and Hurun Report.

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