Charity night saves lives

14th June 2012

Medcare, charity partner for the Manchester Airports Group (M.A.G.), received a £70,000 boost this week thanks to a Summer Ball fundraiser on Friday 1st June.

Nearly 400 business people from M.A.G.’s partner companies and supply chain attended the glamorous night that was designed to raise vital funds to build an extension to the Wellspring Children’s Medical Centre in rural Uganda.

Guests enjoyed fantastic food, drink and whole host of raffle and auction prizes up for grabs at the night held at the Hilton hotel, along with entertainment by leading sports commentator and TV presenter Gabby Logan.

The extension to the Wellspring Medical Centre will allow nearly 20,000 more people in the nearby area to get treatment for life threatening diseases. Thanks to the money raised at the gala dinner the first bit of construction will now start next month.

Charlie Cornish, M.A.G. Chief Executive, said: “Thanks to the generosity of our partners and guests, we have raised a huge amount that will allow us to begin work immediately on extending Medcare’s Wellspring Children’s Medical Centre.

“This is a credit to the event’s sponsors Thomson/First Choice, KMP, Mitie, and World Duty Free along with those airlines that donated flight tickets including Brussels Airlines who are our partners on the whole Medcare project because of their extensive African network. What we have achieved together at the Summer Ball will transform the lives of thousands of children in part of the World where a child’s quality of life can seem like a lost cause.”

Medcare is run by Pauline Hutchinson who retired as a GP to set up the charity, which has already transformed the lives of thousands of children by developing Wellspring Medical Centre. 50% of Uganda's population is under 14 years and 2 million are orphans. Malaria is the biggest killer of Ugandan children because without treatment children often die within the first 24 hours of illness.

20,000 children have been treated at Medcare's Wellspring Medical Centre since 2008 with every one living in extreme poverty, often having lost one or both parents. Medcare's Wellspring Medical Centre is the only treatment centre exclusively for children in the area and saves thousands of lives every year.

Prizes on the night included a pair of business class tickets to China with Turkish Airlines, framed Brazil Shirt signed by Pele, drinks reception for 16 people in the new Air Traffic Control tower at Manchester, and an original, hand drawn picture by the great Harold Riley, protégé of Lowry and local lad.

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For more information and images please contact the Manchester Airport Press Office on 0161 489 2700 or email press.office@manairport.co.uk. For images taken during the event please visit www.facebook.com/manairport

For more detail on Medcare and its work in rural Uganda please visit: http://www.medcare.org.uk

We would like to thank our generous sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor
http://www.tuitravelplc.com

Gold Sponsors
http://www.kmp.co.uk
http://www.mitie.com
http://www.worlddutyfree.com

Thanks to our Airline partners for donating flight tickets:
http://www.qatarairways.com
http://www.virgin-atlantic.com
http://www.canadianaffair.com
http://www.united.com
http://www.flytap.com
http://www.flybmi.com
http://www.finnair.com
http://www.lufthansa.com
http://www.icelandair.co.uk
http://www.blueislands.com
http://www.flybe.com
http://www.aurigny.com
http://www.brusselsairlines.com

Published on: 14/06/2012 16:35:05