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Easter breakfast campaign for charity hospital ship

The international Christian charity Mercy Ships is calling on churches, schools, community groups and businesses across the UK to support its 2013 Easter Breakfast Campaign ...

The international Christian charity Mercy Ships is calling on churches, schools, community groups and businesses across the UK to support its 2013 Easter Breakfast Campaign. 

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

More than 400 volunteer crew on the Africa Mercy provide 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 currently on a 10 month outreach in Guinea and it will head to Congo-Brazzaville later this year.

The Women’s Own group at Saint Mary's Church in Saffron Walden are one of the many groups hosting their own Easter Breakfast this year.  

Judith Felgate from Saint Mary’ Church said: “When we heard about the Easter Breakfast campaign, we decided that this would be an excellent opportunity to highlight the work of Mercy Ships and make an extra special breakfast to raise money to support the charity’s wonderful work. 

“In addition to Bible readings and watching a Mercy Ships DVD, we will also be putting on various fundraising activities, including ‘name the bunny’, ‘guess how many eggs in the jar’, a cake stall, bring and buy, crafts and a raffle with Easter themed prizes.

“Although we may not be able to help onboard the Africa Mercy, we are all able to help with financial aid and prayer, and this is what we hope to promote at this special Easter Breakfast at Saffron Walden Women's Own Group.”

Judy Polkinhorn, Executive Director of Mercy Ships UK, said: “We would love to make this year’s Easter Breakfast campaign the biggest yet and groups such as Judith’s at Women’s Own will help ensure we raise the much needed funds to continue our work in West Africa.  

“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.

(Photo: Luke Davis celebrating Easter on board Africa Mercy last year)

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