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Captain's Log

March 2014

Help support Mercy Ships transform lives in West Africa

Help support Mercy Ships transform lives in West Africa

Help support Mercy Ships transform lives in West Africa

Over the last few years, Nauticalia customers have raised almost £100,000 to support maritime charities such as the RNLI, Dunkirk Little Ships, the Sailors’ Society, and the preservation of Mary Rose amongst others.

Our charity partner for this year is Mercy Ships. Since 1978 their fleet of floating hospitals have brought hope and healing to more than 2 million of the world’s poorest people by delivering free transformational health care, sanitation, and education. They have served in more than 50 developing countries around the world and, in recent years, have focussed on the massive need found throughout West Africa where health care either does not exist or is prohibitively expensive.

Africa Mercy, a converted former Danish rail ferry, is the world’s largest charity hospital ship. She was completely refitted in 2007 at a cost of £30m (half the cost of a comparable new vessel) to include 5 operating theatres and a 78-bed ward, a pharmacy, a CT Scanner, and X-ray and laboratory services. With more than twice the capacity of her predecessor, she not only facilitates around 7,000 surgical procedures on board each year, but also operates as a base for the volunteers to run busy eye and dental clinics.

Although her 450-strong crew of doctors, nurses, engineers, cooks, and sailors, is entirely voluntary (they even pay their own living expenses, to ensure all funds go towards treating patients), a vessel this size has substantial running costs, and her work is only made possible by private donations. Please visit www.mercyships.org.ukfor more information.

Please help, perhaps adding one of our donations (right) to your order. We’ll pass it straight on, and every pound that Mercy Ships receives is complemented by over two pounds in contributed gifts-in-kind and services so your donation will go a long way.

Thank You.


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