Members of The British Polio Fellowship in Yorkshire will have success in their sights, having been invited to attend the annual shoot on 31st May hosted by a longstanding local supporter of the charity, the Pontefract Air Rifle Club (PARC).
Jan Taylor, Events Organiser for The British Polio Fellowship in the Yorkshire region, said: “This event is now entering its seventh year and it has grown to become something of an institution among our Yorkshire members. Last year’s event was extremely successful and we’re expecting this year’s event to be as popular as ever!”
Many of those in the region living with Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) struggle with their mobility and members of the Rifle Club have given up their time to coach and support the charity’s members and the Fellowship remain extremely grateful for their ongoing support.
“Pontefract Air Rifle Club has given a huge amount of support to the Fellowship over the years,” added Jan. “They even had a disabled toilet installed on site to cater for members! The Fellowship is all about helping our members live full and active lives and events like this matter so much. The Rifle Club are real unsung heroes to us. They give up a huge amount of their time in order to make sure that the event runs smoothly and they deserve wider recognition for all they do for charity.”
The British Polio Fellowship is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year but the fight against Polio in the UK is not over yet: “Not everyone with Polio died,” said Gordon Lumb, Chairman of the Yorkshire region, Patron of The British Polio Fellowship and a local resident. “Those of us who survived were left with total paralysis at worst and at best wasted limbs, permanent disability and muscle fatigue. The Yorkshire region in association with central office does a great deal already to support our members, but support from local business like PARC remains an essential part of our success story.”
PARC was founded in the mid-1980s and was originally located at the Territorial Army Barracks in Pontefract, prior to moving to their new home at Frog Hall Quarry at Brotherton. Originally organised and run as part of a local police initiative to instruct young people in the care and use of air guns, the club now has a thriving membership, with a friendly family atmosphere and get involved in helping charities like The British Polio Fellowship.
Events like the air rifle shoot this May are an opportunity for people living with Polio and PPS to enjoy some quality time and share laughter and an enjoyable day out with other members and live the lives and undertake the sorts of activities that many people take for granted.
The British Polio Fellowship is a charity dedicated to helping, supporting and empowering those in the UK living with the effects of Polio and PPS. For more details or information on The British Polio Fellowship, call us on 0800 043 1935, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.britishpolio.org.uk Yorkshire Web site https://sites.google.com/site/bpfyorkshire/