News St Helen's School raises over £10,000 for Lepra We would like to say a huge thank you to all the fundraising heroes at St Helen’s School in Northwood, Middlesex for raising a staggering £10,255 to help us fight disease, poverty and prejudice. Regional Fundraising Manager, Eileen Evans visited the school to tell the students about Lepra and the work we do to support people affected by neglected diseases. The school put on a ‘Lepra Fun and Fitness Day’ in March and managed to raise all this money through sponsored fitness sessions and a Zumba workout, which involved pupils from nursery all the way through to year 13. Eileen revisited the school recently to inform the pupils on how their amazing achievement will impact the lives of the children, women and men affected by neglected tropical diseases like leprosy and lymphatic filariasis. Headmistress, Dr Mary Short said “We are delighted to have been able to support the work of Lepra in supporting some of the world’s most deprived communities. The girls are thrilled that their fundraising has the potential to make such a great difference to so many people; we learned in assembly that a donation of under £5 can buy a pair of shoes to enable a person suffering from the effects of leprosy to walk again, and hope that the money raised by St Helen’s girls will help Lepra to support a whole community with their healthcare programmes.” Deputy Head, Paul Arnold also commented saying “It was hugely rewarding to see the whole School pull together – from Nursery to Year 13 – to support such a worthy cause and to make such a positive contribution towards the fight against poverty and disease around the world.” We are so grateful for the continued support from St Helen’s School, and all the other schools who take part in fundraising for Lepra. If you’d like to find out more about our comprehensive schools programme delivered by our friendly community fundraisers, head over to our schools and young people page.