We held our charity auction last week which was a complete success. Chief Operating Officer, Bryan Vickery, proved to be a very slick auctioneer for a first-timer. Items included VIP tickets to a Manchester United game, Apple iPad, a designer chair and a cricket bat signed by the England team. We raised over £2000, thanks to all those who bid on items.

We're continuing in our quest to raise £10k for Computer Aid. Next month we'll be hosting a charity auction as part of our annual research awards / 10th anniversary reception. Items include an iPad, a designer chair, tickets to the War of the Worlds show at the 02 and some abstract paintings lovingly created by our very own management team.

We're slowly edging towards our target. Inspired by our German parent company, Springer, we recently held a Christmas market selling anything and everything from handmade chocolates, second-hand books and jewellery.

Our Cycle Chile team members, Helen, Ruth, Matt & Joe, have returned from their fundraising tour of Chile. Read about their adventure and see their photos here:


BioMed Central's staff have been busy fundraising through monthly coffee mornings, a pub quiz, skydiving, a live music gig, a wine-tasting evening, raffles and a sweepstakes. Four members of the editorial team will be joining Computer Aid on a cycling tour around Chile this September to help us reach our target.


As part of its ongoing commitment to promoting open access in the developing world, BioMed Central has teamed up with Computer Aid to support research in Africa. We have chosen to support Kenyatta University in Nairobi to help local scientists to conduct vital research directly relevant to local problems in one of the poorest parts of Africa. We aim to raise £10,760 in order to provide a container of 225 PCs to the university – enough to give all research departments their own dedicated suite of computers.

How you can help

If you'd like to help us reach our target of £10,760, simply make a donation via this page. It's quick, easy and totally secure. It’s also the most efficient way to sponsor this project: Computer Aid International gets your money faster and, if you’re a UK taxpayer, Justgiving makes sure 25% in Gift Aid, plus a 3% supplement, are added to your donation.

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Raising money for

Computer Aid International

Computer Aid International

Charity Registration No. 1069256

Computer Aid International refurbishes donated computers in the UK and sends them to where they are most needed for use by schools and non-profit organisations in developing countries. It works in partnership with local people to ensure that all of its computers are used effectively by communities in need.

Raising money for

Run by Computer Aid International

Charity Registration No. 1069256

Donations 13

Donation raised in our world cup 2010 sweepstake.

Donation by staff action squad on 13/07/10



Donation by Ruth on 17/06/10


Donation by Nick Read on 16/06/10


+ £148.08 Gift Aid

Donation by BioMed Central on 15/06/10


Keep up the good work BMC!

Donation by Tom J Pollard on 15/06/10


Great fundraising auction!

Donation by Tom Mowlam on 15/06/10

Nice auctioneering, Bryan...

Donation by Matthew Cockerill on 11/06/10


+ £22.56 Gift Aid

Part 1

Donation by Matthew Cockerill on 11/06/10


nice work!

Donation by Bryan Vickery on 11/06/10


Knowledge is freedom

Donation by Sue Whitmore on 26/02/09


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

from Melbourne, Australia

Donation by Lisa Amir on 26/02/09


This is some personal funding of research in Africa and a hand up, from across the Indian Ocean in Australia

Donation by Peter Graves on 25/02/09


Donation by anonymous on 25/02/09


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,844.25
  • Offline donations£4,295.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£6,139.25
  • Gift Aid£176.28

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