by David Blackhurst
On the 6th of November I will fly out to Israel, with a group of around 30 others, and spend 5 days cycling throug
h the Galilee region, ending up in the town
of Nazareth. This is a return trip, having been out on the same basis in 2009 with Gavin. The total distance cycled will be about 200 miles, and if the last tri
p is anything to go by there will be many hills to overcome. I am now training hard and looking forward to the trip and challenge.
While it will be a personal challenge, the main aim of the trip is to raise funds for the EMMS Nazareth Hospital. The hospital was founded in the mid-19th Century and has grown from a 4 bed ad-hoc facility to a 136 bed District General Hospital.
Every year it handles 11,000 in-patients, 57,000 out-patients and caters for around 2,700 births. It is the only 24-hour A&E Department in the area which each year handles 48,000 emergency attendances.
The funds raised from this trip will go towards a £2,000,000 project to refurbish the paediatric department, which is in the oldest part of the hospital and in need of upgrading.
So what else makes this a special place? It is the oldest hospital in Israel / Palestine. It exists and works in the middle of a very complex society, serving regardless of ethnic background, creed or ability
to pay all of its patients. A significant part of its funding is provided by donations from overseas supporters. It has close connections with the UK and Scotland through its founding by the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society.
Finally, to quote the hospital itself, “It aims to be a hospital at the heart of the life of its diverse community, continuing to have a strong Christian identity as i
es to the Christian faith through its ministry of healing, compassion and reconciliation between people.” It has recently developed a mobile clinic capability to isolated villages in the West Bank, as part of its wider work of healing, compassion and reconciliation.
It is this positive message, that the hospital espouses, that is taking me back after 7 years for a second fund raising trip. My aim is to raise £5,000 with your help.
If you are able to support me financially there are two ways that you can do this. The first is to go to a webpage I have set up, where you are able to give on-line. You can find the webpage at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/DavidBlackhurst.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them or send unwanted emails. Once you have donated, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity. If you are a UK tax payer, please also consider Gift Aiding your donation.
Alternatively, you can send me a cheque, made out to The Nazareth Trust and I will forward this on. If you can confirm to me that you are a UK taxpayer I will forward the confirmation along with the cheque and The Nazareth Trust will still be able to benefit from 25% in Gift Aid.
If you want more details on the hospital have a look on line http://www.nazarethtrust.org. I will let you know how the trip goes.
I would also value your prayers at this time:
– For the work undertaken by The Nazareth Trust, and particularly the ministry at and through the Nazareth Hospital.
– For the safety and wellbeing of all those training and undertake the cycle