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Proud to be supporting the amazing ‘Be One Per Cent’ and ‘Mercy Ships’

As Benchmark Architects continues to grow we want to share those successes in a way that will make a real difference, a world away from our design studio. With that in mind we decided to get involved with some charities that really inspire us, and ‘Be One Per Cent’ and ‘Mercy Ships’ certainly do that and then some.

So let us tell you a little bit about these awesome organisations…

Be One Per Cent

Be One Per Cent was founded by Matt Johnson and Steve Pilgrim back in March 2011. The charity concept is that a group of individuals giving just 1% of their income and pooling that money to target specific projects/needs, is simple yet dynamic, as people can actually see their donations making a tangible difference to peoples lives. Benchmark Architects are proud to be a ‘be one per cent’ business partner, which means we help cover the administration costs of the organisation so that every penny of individual donations go to the projects they support. Find out more about the projects and get involved!


Mercy Ships

This is the world’s largest floating hospital, bringing free medical care to some of the world’s poorest people. Here’s a little background info…

Don and Deyon Stephens founded Mercy Ships in 1978, purchasing a retired ocean liner called Victoria for £600,000. Over the next four years the passenger vessel was gradually transformed into a hospital ship with three operating theatres and a 40-bed ward. And in 1982, the vessel sailed as the newly christened Anastasis – the first Mercy Ship – carrying a volunteer crew of 350 from all over the world. Since then, ships in the Mercy Ships fleet have visited more than 451 ports in developing nations around the world, bringing lasting change to millions of lives.

You can’t help but be moved by the stories that this truly amazing charity has to share, we most certainly have been! What’s more is they are almost entirely staffed by volunteers and you could be one of them too. Please take some time to visit their website https://www.mercyships.org.uk/

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