A group of college students and school pupils emerged from the dark to stumble around parts of West Swindon on 28 October.
Dressed in rags, leaden eyes, skin bursting with cuts and boils, and blood caked around their mouths, they persuaded shoppers at the West Swindon Centre and visitors to Shaw Ridge Leisure Park to part with their money in aid of LEPRA Health in Action.
The charity treats, educates and supports people in some of the world’s most deprived communities. Originally formed in 1924 with the aim “to rid the British Empire of leprosy” it has have built on years of experience to prevent and treat leprosy, and also other diseases of poverty including lymphatic filariasis, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria.
Zombie organiser Rebecca Sweeney from Peatmoor, above, with mum Lynn and brother Dan, said she had learnt about leprosy in Year 8 at Bradon Forest. "As part of our charity work for that year a person from LEPRA Health in Action, talked about the disease and other tropical diseases affects millions across the world. I did some fundraising and got the T-shirt, but I’ve always had in mind that I wanted to do more fundraising for them."
Now attending Swindon College where she is taking a BTEC in Media Make-up, Rebecca hit on the idea of Zombie’s raising money when she was watching a Shaun of the Dead DVD. "It came to me that I could raise money for LEPRA Health in Action whilst having fun, and raising awareness about the damage leprosy does to people in poverty.
"My friends liked the idea and my brother Dan brought along his friend. I did the make-up and my mum and me used Zombie like eyes with white and red contact lenses."
The group raised £47 in an hour before going 10 pin bowling at Shaw Ridge, still in Zombie role.