September 5 is the International Day of Charity. It is a fantastic opportunity for smaller charities like the British Polio Fellowship to raise awareness of the work we do to support 120,000 people in the UK with Post Polio Syndrome, a debilitating condition which affects Polio survivors years after contracting the virus.
You probably thought Polio was dead in the UK? Its effects via PPS are in fact extremely long-lasting, and in 2013 we created PPS Day to raise awareness of this little known and little understood condition. Buildings are lighting up on 2 November in British Polio’s blue and green colours all over Britain, with landmark buildings in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England already participating. Campaigning to spread awareness of PPS is one of our primary aims, and PPS Day is a big day in our calendar. You can help us spread the word about PPS Day in your area.
Please use International Day of Charity on 5 September as a hook to do something fantastic that will help thousands of people who have had Polio, and will cost nothing. If you are able to get one of your local buildings or landmarks to light up in our colours on 2 November, it will massively boost our publicity efforts. If you can help, please call 0800 043 1935. With sincere thanks.
Ted Hill MBE
CEO, The British Polio Fellowship
You can find out all about PPS Day and how to get involved here