On Sunday 26 January, TLM supporters, Board members and staff joined together at Lisburn Cathedral in the afternoon for the annual World Leprosy Day service.
The service included worship, prayer, talks, and interviews. This year’s World Leprosy Sunday campaign is focused on Hospital Heroes – those TLM doctors, nurses, counsellors, physiotherapists and many others, who are working on the frontline of caring for leprosy-affected people. Many of them have sacrificed better-paid jobs with greater status in order to care for some of the poorest and most marginalised people in the world.
Joanne Briggs, TLM NI’s Director interviewed Helen Johnson, a TLM NI Trustee who had recently visited TLM’s Anandaban Hospital in Nepal and was able to report back on the many hospital heroes she encountered during her time there.
Joanne said: “We know that those on the frontline can only do their roles with the support and prayers of people like us all in Northern Ireland and around the world. Sometimes we wonder what difference we can make so it is really encouraging to hear about what they are doing every day to help those with leprosy.”
The main speaker was Fiona Davidson, TLM NI Board Chair, who spoke about medical heroes through the ages and the difference that TLM's Hospital Heroes are making to the lives of leprosy-affected people everyday.
During the morning of 26 January, a number of TLM NI’s volunteer speakers led services at churches around Northern Ireland, including at Ballyholme Parish, Finaghy Methodist, Ballyblack Presbyterian and Kilccoley Presbyterian. They shared about the difference our Hospital Heroes are making and how they need our support to continue to provide quality care to people with leprosy.