The Queens’ May Ball Committee is proud to continue its tradition of charitable donation, and this year’s donations will be split between two charities: Wintercomfort - a local Cambridge-based charity, and Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI).

Wintercomfort supports men and women who are homeless or vulnerably housed by offering them vital welfare services such as clothing and food as well as opportunities for learning and training. The charity is a day centre open 7 days a week. All donations, whatever size, are vital to their work. The funds raised will facilitate person centred support and enable individuals to move on from the effects of homelessness.

SCI Imperial College aims to offer free treatments against schistosomiasis and intestinal worms, to 40 million children every year. These children are very poor rural Africans who cannot afford treatments. SCI raises funds from individuals, foundations and governments to complement drug donations from big Pharma (GSK and Merck KGaA). The charity map disease distribution, order drugs, plan strategies with governments, train personnel, supervise treatments through schools and evaluate the impact after treatment. They have shown that for every £100 donated, they can treat 300 individuals, that's a staggering 33p per individual, to treat a life threatening disease.

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