Harrow’s very own Kripen Dhrona was given a unique opportunity to spend an afternoon with renowned television historian and host, Dan Snow, who presented the BBC One Lifeline Appeal on behalf of national charity, The British Polio Fellowship, for whom Kripen is Marketing & Campaigns Manager.
The Lifeline Appeal was a significant awareness and fundraising opportunity for The British Polio Fellowship, reaching millions of people across two slots on BBC One and BBC2 in early September. With 120,000 Polio survivors in the UK living with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), a little known and little understood debilitating neurological condition, Dan Snow was the perfect presenter, as his mother’s family were almost wiped out by Polio in the 50s.
Kripen Dhrona of British Polio Fellowship, said: “Meeting with Dan Snow was a career highlight and a fantastic opportunity to learn more about his relationship with Polio. We are extemely grateful to Dan for taking time out to collaborate with us on this project.
“We travelled down to a beautiful spot on the Dorset coast to meet Dan at home; he was really down to earth, easy to talk to, and passionate about our cause because of his family connection to Polio. He was more than willing to share his own experiences of the disease – his own family had been terribly affected by Polio decades ago and he was previously unaware of the contemporary problem of PPS, until he got involved in research for our Appeal broadcast.” The Lifeline Appeal was broadcast across the country on September 3 on BBC 1 and again on BBC 2 September 6. You can still watch the programe and support the Lifeline Appeal on iPlayer until the end of September, via the British polio website www.britishpolio.org.uk.
Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) is a neurological condition which can occur in up to 80 per cent of those who have had Polio. It is estimated that around 120,000 people in the UK are living with PPS today. Symptoms of PPS can vary from increasing weakness, fatigue and pain in previously affected or unaffected muscles, a general reduction in stamina, breathing, sleeping and/or swallowing problems and cold intolerance.
The British Polio Fellowship is a charity dedicated to helping, supporting and empowering those in the UK living with the late effects of Polio and PPS. For further information about the British Polio Fellowship and details on how to make a donation, visit www.britishpolio.org.uk or call 0800 043 1935.