St Nicolas Church in Newbury donates its church hall to a different charity every week so that said charity can raise funds by holding a coffee morning. It's a wonderfully simple, but effective idea that is loved by charities and also coffee morning devotees who seem to flock to the event every Thursday morning!
My minimal contribution today was to buy a couple of biscuits (which I promptly dropped on the floor - grrrr), and the charity involved was the Leprosy Mission. It wasn't until earlier this year that I realised that Leprosy still exists - particularly prevalent in poorer countries. It's an absolutely horrible disease that affects the trunk nerves leading to loss of sensation in the hands and feet, shortened digits, clawed fingers and drop foot.
WHO WE ARE
We are an international Christian development organisation
We focus specifically on leprosy and offer specialist expertise on reconstructive surgery. We treat leprosy complications
We address the fear and stigma associated with having leprosy. Many people suffer in silence because they are too ashamed to find help or do not know where to get help
Our aim is to transform and empower the lives of people affected by leprosy
We work in around 30 countries across Africa, South Asia and East Asia
Our services are provided regardless of religion or ethnicity, promoting equality and social justice