Medical charity seeks partners for campaign

The international Christian charity Mercy Ships is calling on churches, schools, community groups and businesses across the UK to sign up to its 2012 Easter Breakfast Campaign by partnering with the charity over the Easter period next year.

The charity is appealing to people across the country to hold breakfast events to raise funds for its hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. Every penny raised from this campaign will help save lives and provide hope and healing to thousands of the world’s poorest people.

The volunteer crew of the Africa Mercy provides free medical care and humanitarian aid to the poorest countries in Africa and can treat up to 7,000 patients on the ship each year.    The ship is staffed by volunteers and has recently ended a 10 month field service in Sierra Leone and will head to Togo and Guinea in 2012.

Judy Polkinhorn, Executive Director of Mercy Ships UK, said, “We are looking to make next year’s Easter Breakfast campaign the biggest yet.   Our Easter Breakfast Campaign is designed to be enjoyed by everyone – young and old.  Anyone can take part by holding an Easter Breakfast with friends at home, work, church, school…. the possibilities are endless.  The money raised will help ensure the work of the Africa Mercy continues apace in West Africa.”

For more information on partnering with Mercy Ships or to receive a fundraising pack please call Sarah Balser or Jane Palmer on 01438 727800.

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.