Author: Tim Farquhar

When Carey Anne Dooley started volunteering for Mercy Ships teaching children in an accredited school onboard a hospital ship, the 35-year-old realised she had a lot in common with her pupils. Moving to a brand-new environment and school as a child can be a daunting prospect....

Volunteer surgeon Dr Mark Shrime, believes he has learnt as much as he has taught during his many years at Mercy Ships. Working with a global network of surgeons has been a constant learning curve for him and everyone he has worked with. Dr Shrime learned one...

At 22, Adam Hopkins, from Manchester, was all set to travel to Florida for his dream job: working as a chef at Universal Studios. But then the pandemic struck. “I was unable to go because of COVID-19, but I’m still confident this will happen in the...

A new year is beginning, and a brand-new hospital ship is preparing to sail to Senegal. Every area of the ship, from the hospital wards to the crew cabins, is coming to life. New faces are also beginning to populate the vessels of the Mercy Ships...

Saliou was born with a cleft lip. At best a cleft lip is a disfiguring condition but it can mean that infants struggle to feed and it can often lead to malnutrition and sometimes death; despite the desperate family’s best efforts. This was so nearly...

[image_with_text image='https://www.mercyships.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Mercy-Ships-UK-Crew-December-2021.jpg' title='' title_color='' title_tag=''] The UK crew onboard the Africa Mercy this December [/image_with_text] Imagine swapping your own Christmas homely traditions and celebrating onboard a hospital ship, with a global family and all their traditions, too. That’s the reality for many volunteers currently serving for Mercy Ships on...

Aged 34, teacher Kathryn Dungworth made a daring decision to leave the job and country she loved and step into the complete unknown. She had been a primary school teacher in Lancashire for the past 12 years and felt inspired for a change after learning about...

As a child, Jane White had a fierce dislike of both hospitals and water. And yet, her career saw her choose a path that combined both – and she isn’t even paid. For the past decade, Jane, a nurse from County Down, Northern Ireland, has been...

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