Tuesday, 5 March 2024
Tuesday, 5 March 2024

Lepra prepares for a year of events to mark its centenary year

As UK-based health charity Lepra prepares for a year of events to mark its centenary year in 2024, the organisation’s Director of Programmes and Advocacy, Becks Hill, is preparing a series of personal fundraising challenges, to mark her own milestone in the same year.  

Starting on 1 July, with her first ever skydive, Becks is committing to complete 50 personal challenges to mark her 50th birthday, to help raise the profile of the vulnerable communities the charity supports in India and Bangladesh.  

During a recent visit to India, coinciding with International Women’s Day, Becks visited a Lepra ‘self-support group’ for women affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), such as leprosy and lymphatic filariasis.  

Becks said:

“I was incredibly saddened to witness how, particularly older women, are left alone to contend with their diagnosis in isolation. With 1-in-2 people diagnosed experiencing significant mental health concerns, our self-support groups perform a vital role in helping vulnerable women overcome the physical, emotional, social and economic challenges presented by their condition.” 

Returning to the UK moved by their extraordinary resilience and strength, Becks is hoping to raise further funds through her own series of personal challenges, to help Lepra find, treat and support even more people from remote, and hard-to-reach areas of India and Bangladesh.   

If you would like to support Becks in her fundraising challenge or have any ideas for your own fundraising activity, the charity would love to hear from you – www.lepra.org.uk. 

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