Our patron Her Majesty The Queen


1947-10-01 00:00:00

BELRA Child Adoption Scheme

BELRA introduces its Child Adoption Scheme, and the Royal family participate in this.

1947-11-20 00:00:00

Princess Elizabeth's Wedding

Following her wedding, Princess Elizabeth sends a portion of her wedding cake to the Girl Guides at Itu ‘Leper’ Colony.

1952-02-06 00:00:00

Our Patron, King George VI dies

Our Patron, King George VI, the first Sovereign to be our Patron, dies. He had sponsored two Nigerian boys under the adoption scheme, both of whom were discharged cured. Shortly before his death, His Majesty had directed that his latest contribution should be towards the cost of building further BELRA children’s homes required for the extension of the adoption scheme to areas in East Africa which had not yet been able to benefit from it.

1952-06-01 06:11:04

Royal tour of South Africa

During a Royal tour of South Africa, H.M. The Queen and Princess Margaret left the Royal Party at a Jamboree to walk over and speak with a group of ‘leper’ Guides who were not allowed to take part but only to watch the display in ‘sad isolation.’

1952-07-01 06:11:04

Her Majesty The Queen becomes Patron of BERLA

1956-02-16 00:00:00

Visit to the Oji River Leprosy Settlement in Nigeria

H.M. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visit the Oji River Leprosy Settlement in Nigeria.

1958-06-01 00:00:00

H.M The Queen adopts a child at Kumi, Uganda

1959-12-14 00:00:00

Edau is discharged symptom free

H.M. The Queen’s adoptee, Edau, is discharged, symptom free. Her Majesty says she would be delighted to adopt another child.

1962-06-09 00:00:00

The Girl Guides of Mbabane, Swaziland, are invited to attend the King’s Birthday Parade

No ‘lepers’ had ever been invited to anything before.

1967-12-01 00:00:00

H.M. The Queen adopts a child from Malavanthangal, South India, called Jayakumar

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1970-09-01 00:00:00

H.M. The Queen adopts Simango

Simango, a boy from Homobolo, Tanganyika, and then Sandarajan from Tuticorin, South India. The Duke of Edinburgh also adopted a series of children through the Adoption Scheme from 1956 to 1973.

1984-02-16 00:00:00

LEPRA celebrates its Diamond Jubilee

A Service of Thanksgiving at All Hallows Church in London, attended by Her Majesty the Queen as Patron, and taken by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Robert Runcie

1988-09-03 00:00:00

Justin Busbridge and Johnny Hooper meet H.M. The Queen at the Braemar Games

Justin Busbridge and Johnny Hooper of the CYCAL Rickshaw Ride from John o’Groats to Land’s End.

1999-02-23 00:00:00

LEPRA’s 75th Anniversary

To celebrate LEPRA’s 75th Anniversary, the ‘Quest for Dignity’ competition is held where young artists are asked to portray the theme in either picture or sculpture form. Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, attend the award ceremony at the Royal Geographic Society. Neelima Reddy received her award from the Queen as the winner of the picture competition.

Our patron Her Majesty The Queen

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