A huge THANK YOU to schools across the UK

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This year Lepra celebrates its 100th anniversary and we want to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to schools that have supported us over the years.

Our records show that throughout the past century over 2,354 schools have supported our cause so far, raising an astonishing total of £10,029,994. We will be forever in awe of the hard work of pupils, teachers and families who have fundraised for Lepra.

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Celebrating schools’ achievements

To celebrate, we have dug into our Lepra News’ archives and discovered some fascinating articles on schools’ amazing achievements. The articles can be viewed in our gallery at the bottom of the page. 

We still need your help…

There is still work to be done to support young people affected by leprosy like Priti Pal, a 17 year old from Manuriya village, Madhya Pradesh. 

From a household of 7, Priti and her family are migrant labourers, reliant on finding temporary, low paid work in the cities. Health inequalities can mean that vulnerable groups like migrant workers struggle to receive the care they need in time to prevent disabilities. 

Priti first noticed symptoms five years before she was contacted by Lepra’s coordinator in August 2022. A lack of early treatment resulted in disabilities forming in her fingers and hands. Through fear and prejudice, she had become introverted, refusing to leave the family home, and was clearly struggling with the emotional impact of her condition. 

Lepra arranged for staff from the hospital’s leprosy department to visit her at home, where she was diagnosed and started immediate treatment with multidrug therapy. To help Priti overcome the emotional impact of leprosy, Lepra arranged for ongoing personalised care and close support from an ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist), a trained volunteer from her local community who helped Priti access her local self-support group, which has been key to helping her regain confidence and find new hope for the future. 

Through Lepra’s support, Priti is now making a great recovery, both physically and mentally. She is also receiving disability financial support from the government which is helping her overcome the socio-economic impact of her diagnosis, and allowing her to focus on a full recovery, and a brighter future.

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Engaging activities

Choosing to support Lepra throughout the school year is a great way to engage your students through exciting fundraising activities and build on their current learning – all whilst raising much-needed funds to enable people to overcome leprosy and lymphatic filariasis (LF) and rebuild their lives.

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