On the eve of Valentine’s Day, I want to remind those who had Polio that no one living with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) must live with loneliness too. The British Polio Fellowship regional network is open to all. While I cannot promise romance, with branches throughout the UK, many a lifelong friendship has been rekindled – and any of the UK’s 120,000 people with PPS are very welcome to join us.
Many of my peers met their future wives, husbands and partners through the charity, while thousands more forged new relationships and friendships. As I reflect on eight decades of British Polio’s existence, this service is more relevant than ever. With three quarters of older people in the UK lonely, our charity is here to help. Many are reluctant to admit to loneliness, yet in plucking up the courage to contact us you will discover a new world of friends, activities, even relationships. ‘Buddy calls’ is one way we contact isolated members, to offer a regular chat on the phone; but people who want to join us must make the first move. With socialising and support as standard, those who take the plunge rarely look back – and you can be one of them.
Join The British Polio Fellowship at www.britishpolio.org.uk or by calling 0800 043 1935 today, we will be happy to direct you to your nearest Branch.
National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship