Last Friday, the 4th November, we held a fundraising event in Colchester to celebrate Diwali and mark the beginning of the UK-India year of culture as announced by David Cameron earlier in the year.

‘A taste of India’ brought 50 local residents to the Red Lion Hotel on Colchester’s High Street where Umesh Ummat, the owner of the Red Lion and the Brook Hotels group, co-hosted the evening. He introduced Indian chef, Deepu Stephen, as he performed a cooking demonstration of a traditional Indian meal.

Chef Deepu Stephen

Bollywood dancers then gave a traditional performance while a henna tattooist provided creative designs in exchange for donations.

Rosemary Elden attended along with seven friends and said it was a great evening. “All my friends enjoyed it very much and said how refreshing it was.”

Guests at the Lepra Guest at the

It was a great opportunity to highlight the work we do in places like India to improve the lives of those affected by neglected diseases, many of which some attendees said they had no idea still existed.

The event raised over £900 for Lepra, helping us continue our vital work in India, Bangladesh and Mozambique.

If you’re interested in holding a fundraising event for us, you can visit our ‘Fundraise’ page and see how.