(Pictured: Ralph Moakes, Volunteer, Diane Hardy, General Manager, Barry Connolly, Volunteer and Dr Patrick O’Callaghan, Volunteer/Trustee L-R).
Following on from the presentation of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service by Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton last August, several members from the charity Inter Care enjoyed the Garden Party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on Thursday 6th June 2013.
Diane Hardy, General Manager at Inter Care said that “it was a wonderful event, and we are delighted to have received the award for voluntary service, which recognizes the hardwork and commitment of our trained volunteers who help screen, sort and recycle quality medicines.” Inter Care could not operate without the support of these volunteers.
1100 registered GPs act as collectors and send patient returned supplies to Inter Cares headquarters in Leicestershire which have at least 15 months to their expiry and are in the original packaging. Following requests, aid is donated to 121 health clinics in rural Africa.
To date they have recycled over £11 million worth of aid. Inter Care now has over 60 volunteers and only 4 part time staff, by keeping costs low, for every £1 recycled we send over £4 worth of aid. They donate aid to orphanages, blind schools, hospitals and clinics in Cameroon,?Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia, – where people are poor and vulnerable and would otherwise die for a lack of basic medicines – a resource that we simply take for granted in the UK. Inter Care is recycling more medicines than ever before, and needs to raise funds to provide this vital lifeline.
For more information about Inter Care or to donate to the charity please call 0116 2695925 or visit www.intercare.org.uk