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Jane hadcock Jane Hadcock

Jane’s volunteering story

4 June 2020

As Volunteers Week draws to a close, we want to chat to our passionate and creative volunteer, Jane Hadcock!

Jane has carefully helped build up and care for our very precious museum, located at our headquarters in Colchester.

We couldn't be more grateful for Jane's enthusiasm and care for our cause, thank you Jane!

How did you first hear about Lepra, and did you know much about leprosy or lypmphatic filariasis beforehand?

I first heard about Lepra in 1995 when I worked temporarily as an events organiser. Before volunteering for Lepra I sadly knew next to nothing on leprosy and LF.

What has been the most fulfilling moment of your volunteering?

My most fulfilling moments have been the successful launch of 3 exhibitions at Lepra's headquarters.

The first one was called "Sung Hero" and profiled the famous Nigerian composer, Ikoli Harcourt Whyte. Although suffering from leprosy, he composed hymns which are still listened to in Nigeria today. His legacy is his wonderful music and the Ikoli Harcourt Whyte Choral Chair at Port Harcourt University.

The second was called "Unsung Heroes" - all those who had sufficiently recovered from leprosy who became nurses, clinicians, carpenters. Their stories of selflessly remaining in settlements with others who were suffering, their deep empathy, and their willingness to dedicate their working lives to help are extraordinary.

The third exhibition coincided with International Women's Day and was called "Women in the Field". Those women who went out to work in Nigeria, Malawi, Bangladesh, and faced incredible hardship, together with women who live and work with those suffering from leprosy today. They are all so admirable.

What would you say to someone who is considering volunteering for Lepra?

Make sure you are attached to a supportive team and be prepared to make suggestions as to how you can best contribute.


Visit our volunteering opportunities page for more information on how you can support Lepra's vital work.