A series of exclusive images from onboard the world's largest charity hospital ship are being exhibited at Saatchi & Saatchi Design next week as part of the celebrations to mark the 30th Anniversary of Mercy Ships.
Tim Cole, Head of Photography at Saatchi and Saatchi Design, visited the ship last month where he captured truly life-changing moments of patients being treated onboard, as well as the daily life of the volunteer crew living on the Africa Mercy.
The specially-converted Africa Mercy is staffed entirely by more than 400 volunteer crew from around the world and is currently providing free medical and humanitarian services in war torn Liberia.
The exhibition was unveiled at a special reception on Wednesday 25th November at Saatchi & Saatchi Design in London by the Liberian Ambassador, His Excellency Wesley Johnson. Other guests included business leaders, politicians, charity workers and supporters of Mercy Ships.
Tim Cole said: "It was a privilege to visit the Africa Mercy. It is an eye opening, humbling experience to see so many people giving up their lives to help others.
"I was able to capture some astonishing moments that really tell the story of Mercy Ships and how they are helping the people of Africa. There has been much sadness in Liberia but the patients I met on the Africa Mercy were full of hope for the future and I was lucky enough to be able to capture so many of their emotions."
Judy Polkinhorn, Executive Director of Mercy Ships UK said: "Tim Cole is a fantastic and talented photographer and we were thrilled that he wanted to be involved in sharing Mercy Ships with others. We are extremely proud of what he has achieved and very much looking forward to the exhibition.
"Mercy Ships provides such important work to the millions of Liberians suffering at the hands of poverty. For 30 years we have been helping and saving lives, being able to get people together to celebrate and share the success of Mercy Ships is fantastic."
Over the last 30 years, Mercy Ships has worked in over 70 countries providing services valued at more than £350million.
The charity has treated more than 230,000 people in village medical clinics, performed more than 35,000 surgeries, 190,000 dental treatments and completed over 950 construction and agricultural projects, including schools, clinics, orphanages and water wells.
For further information on Mercy Ships, please visit www.mercyships.org.uk or call on +44 (0)1438 727800.