Concert donations buy shoes for 700 people

A special concert to help some of the world’s poorest and most marginalised people was headlined by gospel singer and songwriter Philippa Hanna and supported by the London International Gospel Choir.

The concert was held at The Cresset in Peterborough on Sunday (7 June) and raised £3,364 to benefit The Leprosy Mission’s Feet First project.

And as the project has won UK Aid Match funding, it means the UK government will double the amount raised to £6,728.

The evening’s giving will provide protective sandals and foot care for almost 700 people in the leprosy-affected community in Cabo Delgado in Mozambique. 

At £10 a pair, the protective sandals help to prevent devastating disabilities and stop leprosy in its tracks.

Sunday’s concert was compered by Heart FM’s Kev Lawrence and was attended by an audience of 400.

National Director of The Leprosy Mission England and Wales, Peter Walker, said:  “We would like to thank everyone who attended Sunday’s concert and their willingness to get involved and learn more about The Leprosy Mission’s life-transforming work in Mozambique.

“People gave generously to mark the start of our Feet First project which runs until 31 August 2015.

“It is important to remember that every penny of this money will go to Mozambique to help turnaround the lives of people struggling with leprosy and disability.

“We know that a simple pair of protective shoes can help people with leprosy inflicted disabilities to work, leaving behind a life of begging for survival.  We also plan to provide specialist agricultural training so that people affected by leprosy can learn safe farming methods, improve their crop yields, prosper and live life to the full.”