The facts:

In 1996 Lepra was chosen as the charity for Blue Peter’s annual ‘Bring and Buy Sale.’ This raised over £2,800,000 making us one of the most successful Blue Peter appeals of all time and it meant that in December of 1999, the Blue Peter Research Centre opened. The centre remains an excellent training and treatment facility for those with leprosy. It offers a unique combination of high quality research coupled with clinical practice.

Over the years the Blue Peter Health Research Centre has continued to conduct research into leprosy and other neglected disease in the hope of identifying components that could improve the lives of those affected. It is located just outside of Hyderabad and is world renowned and respected for its research.

The aim:

The centre aims to enhance the quality of healthcare for persons affected by leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS and helping them to do this is the undertaking of research. This improves the knowledge around infectious diseases and can lead to further support. 

What exactly are we doing?

Inside the centre there are teams of researchers conducting surveys that are revealing more about the infectious diseases we work with. In terms of services to those affected by diseases like leprosy, the centre also:  

  • offers counselling
  • Screens and diagnoses patients before offering treatment
  • Provides protective footwear and ulcer care
  • Offers physiotherapy services
  • Goes into communities to raise awareness of leprosy, tuberculosis and lymphatic filariasis

How can you help?

In October 2018, Blue Peter is 60 years old! To celebrate we have secured pledges to allow us to double donations given to us around their birthday. Find out more about £1 from you, we get two! appeal, a unique opportunity where your donations can be doubled, and help us fund the centre's work long into the future. 

You can get involved in all different types of fundraising to support this appeal - just be sure to donate any monies funds between 24th September and 24th October.

Your support can help continue in the smooth running of this facility that not only provides people with healthcare services but is leading the way in research to help beat leprosy for good.