The British Polio Fellowship - 80 years on.
Polio, the forgotten disease, lost in the passage of time, but there are thousands of survivors living with its effects.
Following the epidemics during the 20th century, those who survived polio faced an uncertain future, parents often found it particularly difficult having a disabled child, advice and help was difficult to access and many felt very lonely and isolated. It was with this in mind the British Polio Fellowship began, the brainchild of two survivors, Patricia Carey and Frederic Morena, their vision to start a support group for sufferers, to raise awareness and to promote empowerment and enablement both within the workplace and within society.
In January 1939, sixty people attended the first meeting in London, from that small beginning regional branches were established and numbers grew.
In April, a bi-monthly magazine was introduced. 80 years later the branches and magazine are still a lifeline for survivors.
As times have changed, so the role of the BPf has also changed, the focus now is on supporting survivors experiencing the effects of Post Polio Syndrome, a neurological condition manifesting itself in additional muscle weakness in limbs, increased fatigue, difficulty in breathing and swallowing.
I have been a survivor of polio (not a victim)! and a member of the BPF since early childhood.
The Fellowship receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of the general public and in its 80th year for it to carry on the work of researching PPS and supporting members both financially and emotionally this need is greater than ever, therefore I am holding a coffee morning on Saturday 4th May in the Parish Hall from 10.00am - 12.00noon. Please come along, enjoy a coffee and natter with friends old and new and support this very worthy cause.
For further information please contact:- Diane. Tel. 580687.