Leprosy Mission Feet First Campaign

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The Leprosy Mission's Feet First campaign ran from 1st June to 31st August 2015. They won UK Aid Match Funding which means the UK government doubled every pound donated.

Feet First will help 25,000 ultra-poor people of Mozambique. Numb feet — caused by the disease — can lead to terrible deformity and damage which in turn can lead to amputation. However, through setting up foot care groups and providing protective sandals, people will be protected from the wounds and ulcers that can lead to permanent disability. This means that people are able to walk and work, to look after themselves and their families and are not reduced to a life of begging.

A Coffee Morning with bring and buy in aid of this campaign was held at Tarvin Methodist Church on Saturday 8th August. Thanks to people's generosity £400 was raised which doubles to £800 with the match funding!

Leprosy is a disease of poverty and it is the aim of the Leprosy Mission (an international Christian development organisation) to diagnose, treat and offer specialist care to leprosy patients. They also offer rehabilitation, education, vocational training, small business loans, housing and fresh water supplies and sanitation to tens of thousands of people each year. Their services are provided regardless of religion or ethnicity, promoting equality and social justice.

Widely believed to be the world's oldest disease, leprosy is also one of the most stigmatised. A specialist approach is required to educate, empower and encourage people to stand up for their rights. For more details go to the Leprosy Mission website.

Pictures are courtesy of the Leprosy Mission

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