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Corporate Partnerships

Partnerships at all levels are crucial in enabling us to reach people affected by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis (LF).

To the governments, health workers, private doctors, grant makers, institutions, companies, our fantastic donors, and all the people we work with every year; thank you. We are so grateful to all our partners who hold an essential role in supporting our work with vulnerable communities. 

Corporate Support

Create incredible change for your company and for people affected by leprosy and LF.

By partnering with us, you will be restoring hope for some of the most vulnerable people in our world. By supporting Lepra, your team can be part of delivering vital healthcare and education to the people who need it most.

Research shows collaboration can motivate staff, promote creativity and project a positive external image, adding value and enhancing your brand.

Ways to support our work

Fund an entire project or contribute towards the running of an existing one.

Shoe vans visiting remote villages preparing bespoke shoes for people with leprosy-related foot injuries is just one of our vital projects changing people's lives, but we urgently need your support in bringing these to more people.

Read more about the projects we run that desperately need funding here.

Partner with us as your Charity of the Year

Not had a charity of the year before? Choose us as your first! We will help you plan your corporate social responsibilities and a calendar of activity. We can incorporate challenge events, staff fundraising, press opportunities, and bespoke events unique to your company and the goals you would like to achieve.

Staff fundraising and bespoke events.

Want to get involved in a one-off or particular event? Or looking for a way to engage your staff or team-build? We can work with you to create a truly bespoke event. Abseil down the side of your office, screen a film, take part in a challenge, host your own dinner evening, take part in our Socks and Sandals Day, or hold a Life Changing Tea.

Other ways you can get involved:

Lepra’s field staff go where others cannot or don’t want to go. If your company shares people-centred values and wants to gain business benefits in a constructive way, we would be delighted to discuss a tailored programme of activity with you.

Find out more about working alongside Lepra and the business benefits it can bring.

Contact:
Matt Lovelock - Corporate Partnerships Manager
Email: MattL@lepra.org.uk

Sprout 9

We are delighted to be supported by online education platform, Sprout 9. The platform shares our focus on education, and connects students and tutors on an international scale.

Sprout 9’s own founder, a young entrepreneur named Azaan has already ensured that over 100 people affected by leprosy have been able to access treatment this year in a phenomenal personal fundraising challenge.

With the support of Sprout 9 and it’s users, we are able to use Azaan’s passion to educate even more people about leprosy awareness and treatment in communities in India and Bangladesh, and crucially ensure that children affected by leprosy do not miss out on an education.

https://www.sprout9.net/

 

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Baillie Gifford

Baillie Gifford have been supporting our work for 4 years, with their powerful support enabling the launch of our Mental Motivators Pilot Project in Bangladesh. This project is increasing mental health support to those affected by leprosy and the 50% of people with leprosy who suffer from related depression or suicidal thoughts. We are delighted to collaborate with Baillie Gifford on this partnership and are working tirelessly to ensure that this vital funding provides mental health training to help build self-esteem and allow those affected by leprosy to feel supported both physically and mentally.

Find out more about our Mental Motivators Project.

 

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Haddenham Healthcare

"We first got to hear about Lepra's amazing work when I met two of the staff at the British Lymphology conference. Rajni's presentation at the conference brought home the huge problem which exists in India surrounding lymphatic filariasis. We wanted to do something to help and donating our specialist compression garments was just one way we could support Lepra's work. The feedback we received from Rajni reporting on the successful outcome for people using our garments was heart-warming."  

Tim Gabb, General Manager, Haddenham Healthcare

We are extremely grateful to Haddenham Healthcare for continuing to support our work.

 

Increasingly

Increasingly provided vital support to our 2021 emergency COVID-19 appeal, which allowed us to react quickly to the second crushing COVID-19 wave, continue our leprosy work where we could, and deliver a range of supplementary pandemic related support. This included the vaccination of over 10,000 people affected by leprosy in Bihar and Andhra Pradesh, as well as PCR testing and delivering vital oxygen supplies to local health centres.

 

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Pavers

Pavers, the York-based shoe retailer funded our first ever mobile foot care unit in India. The van travels around the Indian state of Bihar providing custom-made shoes for people affected by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis (LF).

People affected by the two diseases can lose feeling in parts of their body, including their feet. When a person loses sensation, they can develop injuries without even realising it, which can lead to infection. Foot care is exceptionally important in the rehabilitation process and custom-made shoes enable those who have lost sensation in their feet to restore a sense of normality, independence and lower the risk of infection.

Pavers funding this van has been vital in allowing us to deliver this aspect of our life-changing work.

Walker Books

We are thrilled to have worked with Walker Books in the development of a new schools engagement project for Key Stage 2 and 3. The resources are based on Maria’s Island; a new children’s book by celebrated novelist and Lepra ambassador, Victoria Hislop. Alongside Victoria Hislop, Walker Books, and illustrator by Gill Smith, we have developed this project and set of resources that schools can download and use for free, with the added bonus of inspiring fundraising for our vital projects.

The story of Maria’s Island centres around the Cretan village of Plaka and the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga – Greece’s former leprosy colony. The book’s main character Maria tells us of the ancient and often misunderstood disease of leprosy, carefully and sensitively exploring key themes and British Values such as prejudice, isolation, discrimination and most importantly, hope.

Click here to check out our free engaging resources including a video assembly with a reading by Victoria Hislop, free Maria’s Island PDF extract and helpful teacher notes that prompt exploration into the book’s complex themes in an age appropriate way.