Harrogate students raise more than £1,200 for global health charity

Year 7 students at Rossett School Zumba their way to raising �1200 for Lepra. (S)
Year 7 students at Rossett School Zumba their way to raising �1200 for Lepra. (S)
  • Rossett’s Year 7 students’ Zumba session raises more than £1,200 for Lepra
  • This money will go towards helping people with tropical diseases like leprosy and tuberculosis
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Taking to the dance floor, students at Rossett School have raised more than £1,200 for a global health charity.

The Year 7 students held a sponsored Zumba session in the school hall in aid of Lepra, an international charity supporting people with leprosy in some of the world’s poorest communities.

This year’s total means we could help as many as 52 people, which is fantastic.

Teacher Mike Sweetman

The fundraising began with an assembly explaining the problems faced by people with leprosy – which included being prevented from driving and getting married.

It was led by community fundraiser Debbie Richards, who said she was impressed by the school’s support.

She said: “The students really engaged with the fitness session and I received some super comments from them about their fundraising.

“The amount they have raised is amazing and will make a real difference to people’s lives.

“I always get a very warm welcome from Rossett, and this year was no exception.”

Teacher Mike Sweetman said: “We have been raising money for Lepra for about 10 years now, and the students always throw themselves into it with enthusiasm.

“Once they have learned about the serious problems faced by people with leprosy, they are always keen to help.

“Knowing that it costs just £23 for the course of drugs to cure leprosy helps them to see the real difference they can make by raising money.

“This year’s total means we could help as many as 52 people, which is fantastic.”

As well as leprosy, Lepra also supports people with tuberculosis, lymphatic filariasis, and other tropical diseases devastating poor areas.

Student Issy Bullman said: “It was nice to see everyone having a go at Zumba and I really enjoyed all the routines.

“I think it’s important to raise money for Lepra because it is saving children’s lives in Africa.

“We don’t realise how lucky we are until we hear all about the people in other countries who have such a horrible disease. If we can help children suffering from the disease we will make a big impact on the whole world.”