An impromptu raffle of a collection of unwanted cut glass raised £1,800 for The Mercy Ships. The Mercy Ships are hospital ships which travel to developing countries with surgeons and operating theatres on board, bringing medicine where there are few hospitals. Since 1978, the ships have helped over five million people in 53 countries. By chance, a ship was off the coast of New Orleans last summer just as Hurricane Katrina struck and was able to offer help to beleaguered Americans during the disaster. The raffle was the idea of Huw James, president of Huntingdon Rotaract Club after a member of his club was given a collection of unwanted cut glass by her parents. He offered the set as a prize at a Rotarian dinner in Cardiff. Huw is pictured above (right) at The George Hotel in Huntingdon with other Rotarians, Bob Hulstrom, Rotaract liaison officer, Claire Mercer, chairman of Rotaract UK and Sally Tichener, Rotaract district secretary, presenting the cheque to Judy Polkinhorn, executive director of the Mercy Ships project. Picture: HUNTS POST 1564.