FUNDRAISING NEWS: Lepra appeal urges hands-on support for Leprosy Week

Lepra, the UK-based medical development charity that helps people with leprosy, is urging its supporters to bake and sell biscuits for its 'Cookies for Cure' campaign during World Leprosy Week from 19 to 25 January.

In the developed world, where leprosy has been eliminated, World Leprosy Week is a fundraising initiative. Money raised is spent in those countries still affected by the disease, to dispel myths about it and educate people so they can identify its symptoms.

This year, which marks the organisation's 80th anniversary, Lepra's activity will target employees, encouraging them to bake cookies and hold cookie parties at home or at work, selling each biscuit for £1. The charity has created party packs containing invitations, posters, balloons, a collecting box and a recipe, which will be sent free to supporters on request.

The charity will also send activity materials to schools as part of its ongoing schools programme, in which older children can get involved in house-to-house fundraising.

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