Elin’s dream was to study medicine and train to be a Doctor, with a specific interest in neglected tropical diseases such as lymphatic filariasis (LF) and leprosy.
Following her untimely death, Elin’s family and those that loved her have supported Lepra in her honour, with an aim to create the impact that she wanted to have on the world. The dedicated fundraising that has taken place in Elin’s memory has been nothing short of remarkable and has included marathons, half marathons, local community fundraising, sports and music events and an incredibly brave daily sea swim challenge taken on by her boyfriend’s Mother Sam and sometimes joined by her Mother Deryn, and the cold-water bravery doesn’t stop there!
I pledge to dip in the sea for a year in the name of Elin to raise money for Lepra
29 January 2023 marked the anniversary of Elin’s passing, as well as also being World Leprosy Day. To acknowledge this, Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays was lit up in Lepra’s colours for the evening, and Elin’s friends and family met to support one another and see Elin’s light continue to reach far and wide.
To date, the donations received in Elin’s name are £15,699. The impact of this for the people we support is incredibly significant. The donations are enough to enable us to run an operating theatre for a year, as well as fund a surgeon and a set of surgical instruments.
A surgeon working in this environment across a year can undertake 450 reconstructive surgeries. These reconstructive surgeries are vital to someone who has had a late diagnosis of leprosy and has become debilitated by the loss of movement in either their hands, feet, or both. As well as this, the donations are enough to pay two nurses to look after patients post-surgery for a year. Finally, as part of ensuring we can reach people before their injuries need reconstructive surgery, the funds raised can train 15 village doctors to recognise symptoms of leprosy and LF, a crucial step in early diagnosis and treatment.
Going forward, we plan to place a plaque of remembrance for Elin in the garden of our Blue Peter Health and Research Centre in Hyderabad, which treats and supports over 200,000 people a year. The plans to rejuvenate the centre’s garden will mean that patients will have a calm and comfortable area to wait for their treatment.
Elin’s extraordinary passion will bring hope and dignity to the lives of so many people, and her light will indeed continue to shine long into the future.
Our sincere thanks go to everyone who has supported the range of challenges taken on in Elin’s memory.
We are honoured to receive such heartfelt, meaningful support, and would like to reiterate that this continued kindness in Elin’s memory truly will make a lasting difference for thousands of vulnerable people.