The new Lower Sixth charity reps began the year by researching and presenting three possible charities to the school. Students and staff voted overwhelmingly for Mercy Ships - www.mercyships.org.uk - to be the St Helen and St Katharine charity for 2018.
Mercy Ships is an international charity that runs the Africa Mercy ship, the world’s largest charitable floating hospital. They bring free medical care to some of the world’s poorest people. Individuals are treated without cost, with no regard to religion, race or gender. The charity works hard to maintain favour with the countries and governments they serve; the ship must be invited by each country it visits. Africa Mercy is currently docked in Douala, Cameroon. The ship is almost entirely staffed by volunteers, who serve on the ship at their own expense. Some people will work for many years on the ship; other highly skilled medical staff might volunteer for shorter periods of time alongside their roles in the NHS.
The Africa Mercy has five state-of-the-art operating theatres and all the facilities needed to carry out life-changing treatments. Surgeries include maxillofacial, ophthalmic, orthopaedic, childbirth injuries and dental care. Mercy Ships also prioritise the training of local medical professionals and will establish a medical clinic in port that will remain when the ship leaves. Currently, Mercy Ships is working to implement WHO’s surgical checklist. This is having a big impact on local medical provision in the countries they visit.
Fantastically, we raised £13,234.71 for Asylum Welcome, our chosen charity for 2017. This success is testament to whole school community working together - students, staff and parents. Once again, we trust that you will partner with us as we begin an exciting new year of fundraising, which has already begun with the Lent term Easter Egg Hunt.
Mrs Homann and Lower Sixth charity reps