Lepra’s Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Assistant, James Byfield, has challenged himself to run the Paris Marathon as part of his 4 marathon challenge to fundraise for people affected by leprosy. Raising over £600 so far, the money donated can be used to help diagnose people in India, Bangladesh and Mozambique with leprosy, along with providing the cure and post treatment care that they may need.

James has recently completed his 95 mile run, running for a total of 21 hours and 25 minutes to coincide with Lepra’s 95th anniversary.  He also ran the Colchester half-marathon at the end of March which he completed in a personal best time of 2 hours, 29 minutes and 59 seconds!

Now these challenges are complete, James is preparing for his upcoming second marathon run in Paris for Lepra.  When asked about his motivations for running James stated, “I am running for the children affected by leprosy. I believe that every child should have an equal chance at life, leprosy is an easily curable disease that if left untreated can cause life-changing disabilities. Over 50 children are diagnosed daily and even though the disease is curable the prejudice associated with it can continue to affect these children, whether it’s being bullied in school or abandoned by their family. Prejudice can impact a child’s mental health and potentially hinder their development. Lepra is a fantastic charity that helps to raise awareness around diseases such as leprosy, helping to put an end to the prejudice and enabling more people affected by the disease to seek treatment before it causes a disability.”

You can support James by donating on his fundraising page: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JamesByfield

Those who are interested in fundraising for Lepra are advised to email fundraising@lepra.org.uk to find out about opportunities and how to get involved.

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