Alastair's efforts to raise awareness of leprosy

Alastair Sledge was just eight when he heard a talk about leprosy during school assembly.

“What they said sounded so horrific that I felt I wanted to do something about it,” he said.

Alastair started saving £1 from his £3 pocket money to give to the Leprosy Mission. He gave presentations about leprosy and what could be done to help, at supporters of the annual Leprosy Mission coffee mornings, in Gerrards Cross.

Over the years, the aspiring musician also busked in the corridors of the church hall where the coffee mornings were being held. Other money raising activities have included taking part in the biennial Gerrards Cross Fun Run and giving up sweets, cake and biscuits for a month. 

The Lower 6th pupil from John Hampden School, in High Wycombe said:  “They are all people, even if they live on the other side of the world. As decent human beings, we have a duty to do whatever we can to help people who have this horrid disease.

“It surprises me that people are not even aware that it exists.

“I want to raise awareness of the disease so that it’s commonly discussed and something people will care about.”

Alastair’s total contribution to the Leprosy Mission, to date, now exceeds £1000.


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