An appeal launched at the end of the last century by a Boston woman to help AIDS sufferers in India has now raised more than £100,000.
Maureen Bray, of Welland Road, began fundraising for people affected by the disease in India after visiting the nation in 1999.
Mrs Bray originally travelled to the country’s Bangalore area to help leprosy patients, having previously worked for Lincolnshire County Council’s social services team.
However, after witnessing the ‘acute suffering’ of adults, children and babies who were affected by AIDS and HIV she said she realised there was another cause which needed support.
On her return to the UK, with no fundraising target in mind, she launched an appeal to help people with AIDS in the country.
She said: “There was no ambition, other than to help.”
Since launching the appeal, Mrs Bray – a former Boston College lecturer – has raised £50,000. This has been done through such events as table top sales and talks.
Her friend Sandie Peet, from Peterborough, has raised £40,000 in the same time period. Through Mrs Peet’s involvement with the city’s All Saints Church, £27,000 was collected across a two-year fundraising stint.
Proceeds go to the Claretian Fathers, a Roman Catholic organisation, which offers numerous services to people affected by AIDS. This varies from employing medical professionals and social workers to building five care homes.
Mrs Bray offered her sincere thanks to all those who have supported the appeal.
She said: “Looking back, I feel quite proud because I haven’t aimed to raise that sort of money. I just aimed to help, but I couldn’t have done it without the people who have supported me.”
To lend your support, email Mrs Bray on firstname.lastname@example.org.