Mercy Ships 40th Anniversary Ball raises more than £140,000 to help eradicate diseases of poverty in Africa

Mercy Ships 40th Anniversary Ball raises more than £140,000 to help eradicate diseases of poverty in Africa

The glittering event, held 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, 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 the charity’s 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.      

Since 1978, Mercy Ships has visited more than 70 countries, providing services worth more than £1 billion that have directly helped more than 2.5 million people.

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.”

Thank you to all of the Mercy Ships Ball 2018 sponsors and partners: Tristel, EH Global, Matriks, Consultancy Team and Hurun Report.    

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Mercy Ships operates the largest charity-run hospital ship in the world, delivering free, safe medical care to some of the world’s poorest countries. This “floating hospital” is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, who give their expertise for free to help treat dental and eye problems, cleft lips and palates, tumours, club feet, childbirth injuries, burns and a variety of other conditions.


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