Nearly 400 guests pledged a “staggering” £2.5 million at Magen David Adom’s 70th anniversary dinner at Marriott Grosvenor Square on Monday evening.
The guest of honour was a fully kitted-out ambulance which had been dedicated by benefactor Alan Rind in honour of Prince William’s visit to Israel last year.
Supporters heard from Noam Gershony, an Israeli Paralympic athlete, who credits MDA with saving his life in 2006 after his Apache helicopter collided with another helicopter during the war in Lebanon.
MDA UK Chief Executive Daniel Burger said: “It was incredible to hear about the lifesaving work that MDA does through Noam’s experience and to have His Royal Highness’s ambulance in the room really conveyed how important MDA’s work is.
“We are so thankful to our incredible donors who enable us to save lives in Israel. Here’s to another fantastic 70 years ahead.”
The organisation is currently building Israel’s new £100 million underground blood bank in the city of Ramle, and MDA UK has set itself a target of £10 million contribution towards the project.