The success of TLM’s founder, Wellesley Bailey, in raising support in Ireland from 1874 rapidly expanded into England and Wales. TLM England and Wales is now by far the largest support-raising Member of the TLM Fellowship, raising almost 40% of the total funds applied to TLM’s programmes worldwide. TLM England and Wales’s roles are primarily fundraising, generating prayer support and working with around 25 field partners to ensure that the programmes are effectively carried out.
The fundraising team is passionate about not only raising revenue but also educating people to see leprosy for what it is: a mildly infectious and treatable disease as opposed to a label for life. Publications include the New Day newsletter, posters, films, leaflets for churches and fundraising campaigns. The programmes team secures funding from institutional donors and provides funding packages and feedback for supporting churches. It is also involved in national and international advocacy activities which encourage community empowerment, combat stigma and challenge anti-leprosy legislation. At the core of TLM’s operation is the essential activity of prayer and engaging supporters to pray for leprosy-affected people, staff and TLM’s work. Behind the front-line activities is a dedicated supporter care team which supports the fundraising efforts by engaging directly with TLM’s donors, staff and dedicated volunteers.
The country leader of TLM England and Wales is Peter Waddup. It contributes around £5 million to TLM’s programmes worldwide, every year.