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Soph Bailey-Smith

Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

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Target £0.00

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Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p]Why I'm fundraising for Lepra[/p][p][img]https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=fde142ed73&attid=0.1&permmsgid=msg-a:r2649061147981152309&th=1668711e8cb57e7b&view=fimg&realattid=1668711dc72360d75f81&disp=thd&attbid=ANGjdJ_otAHQiIGBTHFf6H3FzfLb1zhWn6Vn3kGgcbEa5gbNdoROs8yHQEjk-7ruCwYC2kHJjBffvpmSCBYKVU1Z5YLvZJdz-QNtlwxlQK7vJD9nOXByTQzvYqZ0eTQ&ats=2524608000000&sz=w1366-h657" alt="Displaying 20181018_130609.jpg[/img][/p][p]While volunteering for Lepra, I saw first-hand, how one's experience with leprosy and lymphatic filariasis does not just affect the individual, but it affects their whole family. Along with the disease, came stigma and discrimination, which I believe is due to a lack of awareness and education of the curable disease.[/p][p]Lepra works with communities in Bangladesh, India and Mozambique to 'find, diagnose and rehabilitate people affected by leprosy'. [/p][p]Over 600 people are diagnosed and start treatment for leprosy daily. [/p][p]Due to a lack of knowledge an fear - over 3 million people are living with un-diagnosed leprosy which affects the world's most vulnerable, causing life-changing disabilities.[/p][p]But [u]leprosy can be cured.[/u][/p][p]This is why the time to beat leprosy is now, and is why I will be running 26.2 miles, the London Marathon on 28th April 2019 (my birthday) to raise vital funds for this organisation to continue helping the lives of those affected by leprosy globally.[/p][p]Awareness -[gt] increased early detection and knowledge -[gt] treatment and care -[gt] diminished discrimination -[gt] transforms lives. [/p][p][b]Make a Difference[/b][/p][p]Stories like Christina's, who was 10 when she was told she has leprosy, show how the work of Lepra can turn live around. She used to walk half a day each month to receive her medicine, until a local leprosy healthcare volunteer started working in the area - [url=https://www.lepra.org.uk/christinas-story]read her story here[/url][/p][p][url=https://www.lepra.org.uk/where-your-money-goes]What can your money do?[/url][/p][p]£5 - Pays for a school screening survey which involves checking every child with a rash or mark to make sure it is not leprosy[/p][p]£21 - Funds a school education programme to raise awareness about the symptoms of leprosy[/p][p]£60 - Funds educational support for a child living in a leprosy colony[/p][p]£175 - Can be used as start-up money for a self-help group to start their own savings fund[/p][p]£330 - Can train 90 village doctors to recognise the symptoms of lymphatic filiarisis, leprosy and TB[/p][p]£3211 - Funds 450 reconstructive surgeries over a year[/p][p]* In 2017-2018, over 301,000 people were reached through diagnosis, treatment and care [/p][p]* 1.7 million people through health education and events to raise awareness of diseases and reduce stigma[/p][p]* "We are working towards a day when leprosy no longer destroys lives; with your support we can achieve this sooner."[/p][p]Together we can #BeatLeprosy[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]

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May 1, 2019

Georgia Colwell

Well done Soph! You did amazing - very impressive :)

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019

Mark Bailey

Well done ! It’s great to see money being raised for these neglected diseases.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019



Apr 28, 2019

Em Lucas

Well done Soph! You’re amazing! Such an achievement and amazing thing you’re doing for others 😊


Apr 27, 2019

Jan and Laurie

Good luck for tomorrow

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2019



Apr 26, 2019

Carolyn R

Good luck Soph enjoy the day, you can do it x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2019


Good luck Boffo, such a great cause and so proud of you doing this amazing challenge!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2019


Incredible cause, go smash it Soph! :)

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2019

Hannah Richards

Good luck Soph, you'll smash it!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid