Scotland is a small country of just over 5 million people. It is a country of huge contrasts between large areas of rugged wilderness and thriving cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow. It has always been a creative, generous and outward-looking country having given the world such diverse inventions as the telephone, golf, the steam engine, economics, penicillin and Sherlock Holmes.
TLM works to raise awareness of leprosy and its effects and to act as a vehicle through which people, churches, schools and community groups across Scotland can find their role in defeating leprosy and transforming lives. A small staff group is supported by a larger team of volunteers. They raise funds through national and local activities such as direct mail appeals, digital campaigns, coffee mornings and sponsored events. They also encourage relevant and timely prayer, and visit churches and groups to directly appeal for support. TLM has also been successful in gaining funding from the Scottish Executive – the devolved government in Scotland. Through all these initiatives TLM asks Scottish people to ‘stand in the G.A.P’ to uphold the work of God among people affected by leprosy through Giving, Acting or Praying.
TLM’s country leader in Scotland is Linda Todd. TLM Scotland contributes around £500,000 per year to TLM programmes.