Hi All, We hope you are keeping well during this difficult time. We are well, and back in the UK now, having spent most of the Covid period in isolation on the ship, firstly in Senegal for a few weeks, and latterly in a port in Tenerife for nearly three months. Rather than returning just … More A New Season
For those of you who don’t know (which could be a few as we admit our communication is appalling!) we’re in Dakar, Senegal, for our fourth year of service with Mercy Ships. We initially volunteered for three years, but as we considered whether we should stay or do something new, we felt we had more … More Senegal!
After a busy few weeks at home in the UK over the summer and then ship yard in Gran Canaria, we arrived with the ship in Conakry, Guinea in early August. Stuart and I are excited to be back in Guinea, as it’s the first country we served in as newlyweds back in 2012. We’re … More Guinea!
After spending a wonderful and busy two and a half weeks at home in the UK, and a really fun time during ship yard in Gran Canaria, we arrived in Douala, Cameroon, six weeks ago, ready to start a fresh field service in a country the ship has never visited before. Many thanks to wonderful family, friends and … More Cameroon!
An eight part TV series about the work Mercy Ships has been doing here in Benin starts tonight in the UK at 22:00 on National Geographic. From August to early December the ship hosted three film crews from National Graphic, who were here with us in Benin to shoot footage for an eight part TV … More National Geographic
It’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the end of our time in Benin, with this being our last week of surgeries. It seems to have flown, and Stuart and I are very sad to be leaving this beautiful country and its friendly, hard working people. Joseph has joined James in the nursery 3 mornings … More Nearing The End Of Benin
Hello friends and family, It’s Christmas Eve on the ship and a combination of the heat, and none of the familiarity of traditions back home, mean it doesn’t really look a lot like Christmas as we know it. We’ve realised how much tradition plays a part in celebrating Christmas, but one of the lovely things about … More Merry Christmas!
We arrived back on the ship on 3rd July after a crazy few weeks of packing up our lives in the UK. In some ways it feels as if we never left and in others it’s a whole new experience, with new crew and a new country. We spent a few weeks in Durban in … More We’re back in West Africa!
We are excited to be re-joining Mercy Ships in July 2016, and have committed to volunteer for three years. We will all be living on board the Africa Mercy, with Stuart serving as Information Services Manager, and Frances initially caring full-time for our boys. We are very thankful for the time we have had in Ashford, … More Joining Mercy Ships