British Polio Month (July-August 2013) was officially closed on Saturday 10 August at Crystal Palace FC’s ground, Selhurst Park, by QVC presenter and celebrity Julia Roberts. An ambassador for the British Polio Fellowship, Julia was joined by Ted Hill MBE, CEO of the charity to celebrate a successful month of awareness raising.
“This year’s British Polio Month has been a huge success and as we officially bring it to a close I would like to thank everyone who has been involved,” said Ted. “There’s no time to rest though, we are already organising and looking forward to a packed calendar of events next year as we celebrate The British Polio Fellowship’s 75th Anniversary.”
Starting on Sunday 7 July, stars and celebrities gathered at Trinity School, Croydon, for the ‘Team Splash’ swimming event, raising funds for The British Polio Fellowship and officially kicking off a month of activities raising awareness of those with Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) in the UK. This year’s British Polio Month has also seen the charity launch its Medical Alert Card designed to ensure medical professionals are aware that a patient carrying the card is experiencing late effects of PPS.
“I am one of over 120,000 people who are still living with Polio and PPS in the UK and it’s important that people are aware they remain big issues in the UK. That is why I wanted to support The British Polio Month as much as possible,” said Julia Roberts. “The events have not only helped raise valuable funds for the British Polio Fellowship, they’ve helped raise awareness and they’ve been good fun too.”
For more details on the medical alert card and PPS, The British Polio Fellowship can be contacted free on 0800 043 1935 by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.britishpolio.org.uk