Who we are News Mr Francis Nichols RIP We offer sincere condolences to the family of Mr Francis Nichols who passed away on 21st June. Francis touched many lives in his time supporting Lepra and in his leadership as a Trustee.Staff and Trustees in the UK and India remember him well. In India, staff recall Francis laying the foundation stone at our Junlep project in Odisha in 1999 (known as performing the bhumi puja). The project is still active today.Francis was a great champion for people affected by leprosy and had great empathy with the stigma, disability and suffering. He will always be remembered as a wonderful man who did so much for us as a volunteer, donor and friend.