Anne Wafula Strike – Winter Warmth Appeal 2012
When it comes to the issues surrounding Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), I empathise more than most. I contracted Polio at just two-and-a-half years old, back in my native Kenya. With little knowledge of the condition in Africa at that time, I was told that I would never walk, or indeed speak. Due to a lack of wheelchairs, at times my life was limited to sitting on floors or lying in bed. Little did they know that I would go on to become a teacher, mother, mentor, athlete and Ambassador for the London 2012 Paralympics.
Obviously, this personal connection means that The British Polio Fellowship is very close to my heart. When I became an official Ambassador, I vowed that I would do everything I could to raise awareness of The Fellowship’s work. So when I was asked to launch its Winter Warmth Appeal, I was both happy and proud to do so.
As someone with PPS myself, I know only too well how quickly the winter months spring upon us, and how difficult this period can be for those with Polio and PPS. As you know, people living with Polio and PPS feel the cold more than most, so need to keep their heating up a lot higher during the winter months. Even turning up the temperature dial just one notch means that heating costs go up considerably.
Unfortunately, this means that Fellowship members face high heating bills. As you can imagine, this is a very worrying prospect, especially to those under 60 like myself who do not receive the Government’s winter fuel allowance.
Each year The Fellowship raises funds to help those members whose financial situation means they struggle to keep their homes warm. The Fellowship does not receive any government funding for this scheme – nor for any of its services – and so relies on the generosity of its members and supporters.
If you are able to help, please complete either the One-Off donation form. You can also make a credit/debit card donation over the telephone by calling FREEPHONE 0800 043 1935, or via our website www.britishpolio.org.uk. I do hope that you will be able to help and thank you sincerely in advance for your generosity.
Anne Wafula Strike
British Polio Fellowship Ambassador and Paralympic Athlete
You can learn more about Anne Strike and her work with the British Polio Fellowship here.