Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Countess of Verulam
The Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire agreed to become a Patron of The British Polio Fellowship, following her ongoing support for the work of The British Polio Fellowship in helping the 120,000 people in the UK living with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).
Lady Verulam has assisted The British Polio Fellowship in the past with its campaigns, including supporting the opening of the charity’s new Central Office in Watford. Countess Verulam was guest of honour at the event in January 2016, where HRH The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO formally opened the charity’s new Central Office
A renowned British artist, the Countess of Verulam served as High Sherriff of Hertfordshire in 2002 before being appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire in 2007. The charity felt the Countess of Verulam’s tremendous backing was something that had to be acknowledged on a formal level.
“I’m extremely honoured to be offered the role of a Patron of The British Polio Fellowship,” said the Countess of Verulam. “To be recognised formally as a Patron is something I’m very proud of and look forward to carrying as I help the charity out in the future,” she concluded.
Julian P Harriss, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCP (Can)
A Medical Director at Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) and a consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at St Thomas Hospital; Dr Harriss’ clinical interests include peripheral neuropathy including Polio, and PPS, which make him the ideal Patron for The British Polio Fellowship.
As one of the foremost experts on Polio and PPS, The British Polio Fellowship has benefitted from Julian’s expertise for many years and inviting him to be a Patron was a natural next step. Dr Harriss was one of the experts behind the ground breaking PPS – A Guide to management for health care professionals.
“Having served on the Expert Panel for several years, I am delighted to accept the role as a Patron of The British Polio Fellowship. Rehabilitation is extremely important particularly when PPS has no cure. Patients have a unique need for specialised services and I’m proud to be part of the team campaigning for this to be more widely known.”
Dr Robin Luff, MBBS, FRCP, FRCS, BSc
Joe Fisher MBE
Dr Steve Sturman, Mbch, FRCP, UBH
Dr Moira Anderson OBE
Michael Cassidy CBE
Baroness Fookes of Plymouth DBE, DL