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London marathon runners raise £20,000 for Colchester-based charity Lepra

30 Apr London marathon runners raise £20,000 for Colchester-based charity Lepra

International leprosy charity, Lepra, would like to congratulate the 12 runners who recently completed the London Marathon.

The runners raised over £20,000 by holding casino nights, quiz nights and other exciting events prior to the race.

A huge well done and thank you to our marathon runners: Tim Corfield, Monir Ahmad, Soph Bailey-Smith, Paul Jordan, Nicky Ray, Anna Burnley, Michael Meister, Paul Rinder, Carlos Echeverry, Monica Samaca and Jo Brown.

Leprosy affects millions of the most vulnerable people in the world, causing life-changing disabilities and attracting extreme prejudice and discrimination. But there is a cure. The charity works to beat leprosy in India, Bangladesh and Mozambique by finding, diagnosing and treating people affected by the disease.

Anna Burnley, a first time runner comments about why she chose to run for Lepra: “I am delighted to have completed the London Marathon in 4 hours 23 minutes and have raised over £2800 for Lepra. I have worked in Infectious and Tropical Diseases for the last couple of years, and extensively travelled through countries where leprosy is still an issue, which inspired me to run the London Marathon for Lepra. Lepra supports people affected by leprosy across the world, and I am delighted that my fundraising will help Lepra to find, treat and rehabilitate people with leprosy.”