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Giving Shoesday 2021

Giving Tuesday is a day where everyone, everywhere can do something to support the good causes that mean so much to them. It is a truly global event and is celebrated on the Tuesday following the well-known shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

For Giving Tuesday 2021, Lepra is shining the spotlight on our footwear technicians, the need for specialist podiatric care and the vital importance of customised footwear for people affected by leprosy. So this year we’ve decided to turn Giving Tuesday into Giving Shoesday!

Celebrity Shoe Auction

We're super excited to share that Dermot O’Leary, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Helen Mirren, Jo Brand, Sir Tony Robinson, Dame Lesley Lawson (Twiggy), Martin Clunes, Joanna Lumley OBE, Colin Jackson CBE, David Flatman and Stephen Fry will be donating to our celebrity auction. Each pair of famous footwear sold will raise much-needed funds to support our work, including our footwear projects which are vital services for people affected by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis.

Our ebay auction will be live with these fabulously-famous shoes from 30 November 2021.

Sign up to our newsletter today to make sure you are the first to hear all the details on when you can start bidding, and whose shoes you may be able to win!

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Giving Shoesday - Why Shoes?

One of the main symptoms of leprosy is nerve damage, meaning people affected are unable to feel pain. This leaves them vulnerable to burns, cuts, ulcers and injuries that can potentially lead to severe damage to fingers, toes, hands and feet resulting in permanent disability. Lymphatic filariasis can cause severe swelling in the feet and legs, making it difficult to wear standard shoes.

We provide protective, tailor-made footwear to help people to walk comfortably and without fear of possible injury. Our customised shoes restore a sense of independence to people affected by leprosy or lymphatic filariasis, enabling them to return to their communities and work for a living. It costs just £6 to make a pair of shoes which can truly change a life.

Get involved today by:

  • Bidding in our celebrity shoe auction. You could get yourself a pair of celebrity sneakers or famous flip flops.
  • Donate £6 the cost to provide one pair of protective shoes
  • Share with friends, family and colleagues and help us reach even more people 

Leprosy footwear production and podiatric care requires specialist knowledge and skills. Training opportunities in this area are very scarce, particularly so in the remote rural locations in which the majority of our referral centres are located. There is a current shortage of qualified leprosy technicians; out of our 19 referral centres, 10 do not have regular shoe technicians or ulcer dressers. Our shoe technicians travelled approximately 24,000 miles last year, reaching isolated and remote communities where access to medical treatment and protective footwear is near impossible. We provided over 25,000 pairs of customised shoes in 2020, enabling people affected by leprosy to walk without fear of damage or infection. Your support this Giving Shoesday could help us train more qualified shoe technicians and reach even more people.

Get in touch

Do you have a question about our Giving Shoesday appeal or our footwear projects? Get in touch and our team will be happy to help. You can email lepra@lepra.org.uk or call us on 01206 216700.

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