The British Polio Fellowship has branches nationwide, but with a headquarters in Watford, working with local business has always been important, both for local members and the wider Fellowship. The charity has a long history and association with football – having worked with several football clubs including Crystal Palace and Birmingham City, and is delighted to welcome Watford FC to that club.
“Watford FC has a long-established reputation of working with the local community and we are delighted to welcome the club as our latest supporter,” said CEO of The British Polio Fellowship, Ted Hill MBE. “This sort of home support is of great value and many of our Central Office staff and members living nearby are Hornets’ fans, so from their perspective this is truly wonderful news!”
The two will work together on several shared initiatives, including fundraising, access days and provision for disabled supporters. British Polio member and Hornets supporter Eddie Lucas mentioned the charity to the club, and on meeting Ros Evans from Central Office at a game, the relationship has grown from there.
“The British Polio Fellowship is right on our doorstep, so it makes sense to work with them,” said Dave Messenger, Supporter Liaison Officer at Watford FC. “We have had a very productive preliminary meeting and we are looking forward to supporting the charity’s activities in the local area.”
The British Polio Fellowship works not just to support its membership base of over 8,000, but also to offer help to an estimated 120,000 people living in the UK with Post Polio Syndrome – a neurological condition for which there is no cure. The charity is assisted in its work by a number of supporters, including the Premier League, who are sponsors of the charity’s member magazine, the bulletin.