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£1500 raised for Lepra
1st Oct 2014

Pupils at All Hallows School, East Cranmore, Shepton Mallet generated £1500.00 for Lepra doing their own fundraising events.

This money will be used by Lepra, to help fight disease, poverty and prejudice across India and Bangladesh. Barbara Tinsley, Lepra community fundraiser, said she was ‘stunned’ by the children’s determined efforts and said: “It was a privilege to talk to the students about Lepra and how they could make a difference and change people’s lives. They have done some brilliant sponsored fundraising events which included, an Assault Course, Treasure Hunt, Cycling and Aerobics/Street Dance.”

Lepra focuses on people affected by some of the world’s oldest and neglected diseases. Liz Green explained that the children had been inspired to fundraise  after hearing some of the difficulties people with leprosy have to cope with, most of whom are desperately poor, and living in horrific conditions – people who Lepra offer vital and life-altering support to. She said, “I am so proud of our pupils.  They organised the fund-raising themselves, motivated by their concern for people with leprosy. Working as a team they have made a difference.”

Last year, Lepra changed the lives of more than 400,000 people and provided health education to a further 1,200,000 in India and Bangladesh. Barbara added: “Our work is just scratching the surface of need and we really appreciate this donation so that we can do more.”

Lepra works with many schools, community groups and churches to raise awareness about neglected diseases and people marginalised by society. Working with governments, other non-governmental organisations and international agencies, Lepra identifies and bridges gaps in healthcare provision as well as helping people to rebuild their lives.

The charity was founded in 1924 and is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.