The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, the Countess of Verulam and Dr Julian P Harriss, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCP (Can), clinical lead at Frank Cooksey Rehabilitation Unit, King’s College Hospital both accepted their offers without hesitation, having spent a considerable amount of time already helping the charity on several fronts.
The Countess of Verulam has assisted the charity in some of its past campaigns, whilst Dr Harriss is one of the foremost experts on Polio and PPS, having contributed to the charity’s ground breaking PPS – A guide to management for health care professionals. CEO of The British Polio Fellowship Ted Hill MBE says to have two such different people accept the charity’s offer of being Patrons is a great coup.
“First and foremost, I’d like to thank both the Countess of Verulam and Dr Harriss for accepting our offers to become Patrons,” said Ted. “We’re absolutely delighted that they’ve accepted and can’t wait to continue our partnership and work with them. To have two people with such different backgrounds and knowledge means they can both bring something different but equally positive to us as a charity, as well as our members and those living with PPS and the late effects of Polio.”
As Lord Lieutenant, the Countess of Verulam is the Queen’s representative in Hertfordshire, home to The British Polio Fellowship’s Watford-based Head Office. She first came into contact with the charity when she was involved in the Royal Opening of The British Polio Fellowship Central Office by the Duchess of Gloucester GCVO. Since then, the Countess has taken part in the charity’s Sowing the Seeds of Hope campaign, and in June this year met up with Ted to help plant the first seeds for this year’s version.
Dr Harriss meanwhile is a Medical Director at Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) in addition to being a consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at St Thomas Hospital. His clinical interests include peripheral neuropathy, including Polio and PPS. Dr Harriss first became involved with The British Polio Fellowship when he became a member of its Expert Panel four years ago.
“Dr Harriss and the Countess of Verulam are hugely respected in their fields, and we’re really grateful to them for offering us their expertise and time,” said Ted. “I am confident that their support will be a big advantage in our campaign to spread awareness and improve the treatment of PPS,” he concluded.
For further information about the British Polio Fellowship, visit www.britishpolio.org.uk or call 0800 043 1935.