Breakfast time at Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships UK today hosted a breakfast to raise funds for its floating hospital, the Africa Mercy.

Attendees were encouraged to donate leftover foreign currency as part of the charity’s Collect 4 Mercy initiative. A total of £251 was raised during the morning and every penny raised will help save lives and provide vital medical care to thousands of the world’s poorest people.

The floating hospital, a 16,000 tonne state-of-the-art ship, is due to commence its next service in Benin from mid-August. 

Stephen McPartland MP said: "I am delighted to support the work of Mercy Ships, who are headquartered in Stevenage. Mercy Ships provide vital surgical operations overseas to individuals who otherwise would not be able to access the medical services they need.  I am proud of the amazing work of the team here and the many volunteers who help in so many ways."

Lea Milligan, Executive Director of Mercy Ships UK, added: “Our breakfast campaign is designed to be enjoyed by everyone, young and old, and this morning had our very own breakfast to show how easy, and fun, it can be. The team were very excited about holding our own breakfast, joining hundreds of group across the UK who support this initiative every year. We were also delighted to have the mayor, John Lloyd, and MP Stephen McParland in attendance, showing their support for Mercy Ships UK. Anyone can take part by hosting a breakfast with friends at home, work, church, and school. The money raised will help to continue transforming lives and deliver a gift of hope and healing for those who lack the medical care they need.”

The Africa Mercy, a former Danish rail ferry, is staffed by an international crew of dedicated volunteers from over 40 nations ranging from seamen, engineers, surgeons, doctors and nurses who give up their time to help save the lives of those who have little or no access to healthcare.