What was in Toby’s tub?
Nine year old Toby arrived at the offices of LEPRA Health in Action in Colchester with his mum, clutching a margarine tub in his hands.
Inside the tub was £105 that Toby had collected after seeing a poster about leprosy and LEPRA in his local Scout Hut.
“I saw a poster about leprosy and wanted to help.” Said Toby. Mum Louise explained how Toby had hit upon the idea of making and selling key rings and other trinkets from Hama Beads – small beads which are arranged on a peg board and the ironed to form the finished item.
“He made hundreds,” his mum told us, Toby then topped the money he raised with his hama bead creations up with some donations from family and even put in some of his own money.
It was such a wonderful surprise to find Toby at our door and lovely to hear his story. Despite one person being diagnosed with leprosy every two minutes it is not always easy to find funding for leprosy, and we rely heavily on support from the general public to fund this aspect of our work.
Young people like Toby across the UK do so much for LEPRA with their fundraising for which we are extremely grateful.
LEPRA has an active schools programme and is also currently running a Jar of Hope Appeal across groups in the UK. to find out more please contact your local LEPRA community fundraiser.
Posted by admin 16:18 09.08.2011
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