Fundraising & Events

The generosity of supporters like you gives International Medical Corps the resources we need to deliver lifesaving assistance to communities affected by disasters, conflict and poverty.

One of the best ways to support communities in need of our help is to take part in a fundraising event, in the UK or overseas, on behalf of International Medical Corps.


Race for communities in need


Taking part in a marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K run on behalf International Medical Corps is a fantastic way to raise funds for our important work.

As we strive to keep our fundraising costs as low as possible, to ensure the maximum amount of funds goes to  supporting communities most in need, we don’t pay to guarantee places in these events.  In most cases you can sign up to any of the thousands of races taking place around the country every month.

Just let us know and we’ll provide everything you need to start fundraising for International Medical Corps


Case Study: Racing 212 miles in 2012

Dr Lesley Hayward, of Haxby near York, is taking part in five fundraising events this year in a bid to raise funds for the vital work of International Medical Corps.

The events include the 26-mile Rome Marathon, the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge, the Northumberland Coastal run, the Jane Tomlinson York 10k and the 138-mile Coast to Coast cycle challenge.


Dr Hayward said:

“It started at the beginning of the year when I decided to do something for charity and I couldn’t decide which event to do – so I thought I would do them all. I thought – if you are trying to raise money you have to do something to attract peoples’ attention.

I like what the International Medical Corps does to provide treatment and medicine. They do not just put money into a country that can then disappear into its pockets. You can also specify a priority where you money goes – I chose famine in Africa. It’s a great charity and a small amount of money goes a long way.”

“I am just an ordinary person – I am not a super athlete – just a normal person who likes exercise”


Here is the poster we designed for Dr Hayward to promote her fundraising.


UK Treks

Pit yourself against the 3 Peaks Challenge  Hadrian’s Wall or even the Welsh 15 Peaks Challenge

SSign up for an UK Trek and help International Medical Corps save lives in some of the most vulnerable countries in the world. 

You can choose from a host of organised challenges on a number of dates. Once you’ve signed up for an event we will do all we can to help you raise your sponsorship target.

Browse all the challenges and sign up today


Overseas Challenges

Do something amazing for an amazing cause:

London to Paris bike ride

Machu Picchu


Sumatran Jungle Trek

North Pole

& many more

You can choose your adventure by location, activity type, challenge grading or by departure dates and once you’ve signed up we will do all we can to help you raise your sponsorship target.

Browse all the challenges and sign up today


Jump out of plane to save lives

International Medical Corps (UK) are looking for hundreds of adventurous volunteers to make a fundraising parachute jump and if you raise enough in sponsorship you will get to jump for free!

No experience is necessary as all training is given, you can jump from over twenty airfields across the UK and if you raise from £360 (depending on the type of jump you choose) you will receive your jump for free.

So if you would like to make a thrilling skydive from 10,000 feet or an exhilarating solo jump from up to 3,000 feet, contact us and we will send you a full information pack and everything you need to take part in the experience of a lifetime.

Register your interest here and we will get in touch



Just 22 hours after the devastating 7.0-earthquake hit in January 2010, International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team was on the ground in Haiti providing medical care to survivors. Our doctors and nurses were able to mobilise on an unparalleled scale to provide 24-hour emergency care to the acutely injured at the Hôpital de l’Université d’État d’Haiti (HUEH), a 700-bed hospital in Port-au-Prince. HUEH was badly damaged in the earthquake and many local health care professionals were missing. We were able to save thousands of lives through emergency and trauma care in the critical days following the earthquake.

At the height of emergency operations at the hospital, International Medical Corps treated approximately 1,000 patients per day. Our early entry also gave us the foundation to rapidly expand our operations to 15 mobile clinics throughout Haiti to provide critical services. Through the hospital and mobile and fixed clinics, International Medical Corps teams provided more than 110,000 patient consultations during the first year following the emergency.

When reports of acute diarrhoea emerged from the north of Haiti in October 2010, International Medical Corps doctors and nurses immediately deployed to the region providing emergency relief for the growing cholera crisis. Our network of rapidly constructed cholera treatment centres, supported by 820 community health volunteers to educate communities on how to prevent and identify cholera, meant that more than 30,000 cholera patients received life-saving treatment within the first year following the outbreak.



Libya ambulanceInternational Medical Corps was among the first organisations to enter Libya once the conflict began in February 2011, providing emergency medical care to casualties from the fighting and support to hospitals with medical staff and supplies. Among the first challenges our Emergency Response Teams encountered was a chronic shortage of nurses, as thousands of foreign nurses had fled the country. In partnership with the Jordan Health Aid Society, International Medical Corps immediately deployed volunteer nurses to health centres across eastern Libya moving them to towns and cities throughout the country as access permitted. Volunteer nurses trained the local counterparts while working alongside them.

At the country’s borders and within Libya, we supplied those displaced by the fighting with essential relief items, including blankets, bottled water and food. Recognising the danger posed by communicable diseases, our sanitation and hygiene specialists constructed latrines and washing stations in transit camps along the Tunisia borders.

Libya 5As the fighting went on International Medical Corps worked as close to the front line as possible, providing emergency treatment to those injured in the conflict, and medicines and supplies to besieged towns and cities. In Misurata, inaccessible by road, we evacuated nearly 500 injured civilians by boat. International Medical Corps’ mobile field hospitals treated the wounded from battles in Tripoli, the Western Mountains, Bani Walid, Sabha, Jufrah and Qaddafi’s hometown of Sirte.



Mali - villagerInternational Medical Corps mobilized an emergency response in Mali in January 2013 after rebel armed forces from the north began moving south, triggering French military intervention. In Timbuktu, which had spent months under the control of armed Islamist rebel our team were amongst the first international organisations to arrive and found pillaged clinics, missing medical personnel and damaged health infrastructure.

We immediately began supporting eight strategically targeted health clinics in remote areas around Timbuktu, where the Malian Ministry of Health has been unable to maintain adequate services to local communities. By providing medicines, training staff and recruiting qualified doctors and nurses, we can ensure local people will now have access to basic primary and secondary health care for the first time in months

Mali-Road-to-TimbuktuTrue to our mission to build self reliance, International Medical Corps is also already training community health workers to go out to local markets and spread essential hygiene, reproductive health and nutrition messages. We are also working to rehabilitate clinics damaged during the conflict, by building or repairing latrines, water systems, solar panel systems and other infrastructure repairs, enabling health workers to have stable and well-equipped facilities to help the people of Mali.


Basanti & Bishal's story

Basanti, a young mother of two in Nepal, returned home from fetching water for her family to find her 8-month old son Bishal had fallen into the open cooking fire. Basanti was in shock, but she wrapped her baby in blankets and ran for help. No one in their village or at the local health post knew what to do so she had to travel more than six hours by bus to seek emergency care at the closest hospital. The district hospital could only stabilize Bishal and wasn’t able to treat his wounds properly. As a result, his little fingers contracted into a fist as the burned skin contracted and “healed” over the coming year, making it impossible for him to use his hand. His cheek, lips and eyelid also contracted and tightened, threatening his vision.

After selling part of their farm to pay for transportation to Kathmandu, Basanti sought further treatment for her baby. However, two hospitals in the nation’s capital could not help either. Adding to Basanti’s struggles, her husband abandoned the family, leaving her alone to care for Bishal and his four-year-old sister.

Thankfully, Basanti heard about the surgical care available through ReSurge International, our trusted partner with a 43-year history of serving burn victims. Dr. Rai, ReSurge’s Outreach Director in Nepal, and his team restored Bishal’s eyelid and his hand will soon be surgically repaired as well.

Even though it took more than a year for him to get appropriate treatment, Bishal is one of the lucky ones. Thousands of children never get the care they need to live a normal life after a disabling burn.


Our impact through training in 2012



Our Mother Care Group Approach


Read more about our community based approach to prevention and treatment of malnutrition