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A Royal Award 23rd June, 2017

Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade fundraising efforts were recognised with a royal award and a weekend in London...

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Congratulations and a massive thank you to Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade (CLCGB) for their support of TLM NI which led to Grange Company and Dobbin Girls’ Company receiving a Social Action Award from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in January.

Members of the companies were recognised for their efforts in raising awareness of and funds for TLM NI. A number of Companies across the Armagh district have used our ‘Shoes, Feet and All things Sweet’ resource which explains how shoes can protect feet that can no longer feel pain due to leprosy.

Learning about leprosy inspired Grange Company and Dobbin Girls’ company to run a competition to see who could best decorate an old pair of shoes to raise money for TLM NI.

They were thrilled to have their efforts commended by the inaugural Youth United Social Action Awards.

Three leaders and six members from each Company made the journey to London accompanied by the Brigade’s Development Officer, Victoria Jackson, and Commanding Officer, Melvyn Lockhart, where they attended the awards ceremony, hosted by Prince Charles.

The CLCGB has had close links with The Leprosy Mission NI for many years and has just committed to raise enough money to provide a well for a very needy community.

Rev Paul McAdam, Chaplain to the Grange Company, said, “We had a fantastic trip to London. What an honour it was to meet Prince Charles at the Youth United Social Action Awards Ceremony.”UCKINGHAM PALACE!!! What a fantastic experience which they won't be forgetting anytime soon! We are very proud of you and all of your hard work!! More photos to follow!

The Social action awards were organised by Youth United, an umbrella organisation that received a grant to create new places in uniformed youth organisations. The Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade’s Ulster Regiment has increased its membership by more than 300 places in the last two years.

The Youth United Social Action awards celebrate the achievements of thousands of young people who have sought to bring about positive change to their local community.

Find out more about how you can raise funds for TLM NI.

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