We are very proud to have The Queen as our royal patron and, as her 90th birthday celebrations approach, we are getting stuck into everything celebratory.

As a part of that we have been invited to The Patron’s Lunch. This is an epic street party set to take place on The Mall on Sunday 12th of June bringing the weekend of jam-packed events to a climax. This iconic finale will honour The Queen’s patronage of over 600 charities and organisations, one of which is us.

To showcase the wonderful work we do, we have also been selected as one of the few charities to feature in a short film that will be played at the Patron's Lunch. In it, our chief executive, Sarah Nancollas, appears alongside our Bihar state co-ordinator, Rajni Kant Singh, explaining why The Queen is so important to us. 

The most important part of Her Majesty’s patronage for us is that she’s so directly connected to people with leprosy and it’s that direct contact that helps us break down the stigma relating to leprosy.

Sarah Nancollas

Her Majesty The Queen has been our Patron since 1952 taking over the role after the death of her father King George VI, who had been our Patron since we were founded in 1924.

Aside from explaining how The Queen is helping us to dispel prejudice, Rajni describes the important work we do in helping those affected by disease not just with their illness but with their lives as a whole.

Lepra is treating the whole person, it’s not treating a disease. We’re restoring the lives of forgotten people.

Rajni Kant Singh

You can watch our Patron’s Hero’s film below:

 You can read more about how to celebrate with us here.