The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The British Polio Fellowship took place recently in Glasgow, and was the venue for the presentation of the first ever Barbara Wood Citizenship Award, jointly presented to Graham Cox, MBE, JP and his wife Jean.
The Award was created this year in honour of Barbara Wood, who joined The British Polio Fellowship in the 1960s. Since then, Barbara has dedicated her life to serving the community and remains an active member of the Merseyside branch, providing support to many disabled people.
“It was felt Barbara’s immense contribution to both The British Polio Fellowship and the wider community deserved to be recognised and that the best way to do this was to create an award in her honour,” said Ted Hill, MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “The award will now be presented each year, with nominations for next year open for those who qualify.”
The award is open to someone who has had Polio and made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of others with Polio; or someone who has not had Polio themselves, but notwithstanding has made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of those who have.
These criteria made it fitting that the first ever Barbara Wood Citizenship Award should be presented jointly to Jean & Graham Cox for making a significant contribution to the wellbeing of those with Polio and like Barbara are active members of the Merseyside branch of the Fellowship.
Graham Cox, MBE, JP, contracted Polio in 1955 and spent 11 months in Stoke Mandeville Hospital as a consequence. Aided and supported by his wife Jean, Graham has been raising money for the Fellowship since 1990 and has raised thousands of pounds for the Fellowship and other charities in the process.
“On behalf of my wife and Jean and I, I am very proud and humbled to accept this award,” said Graham Cox, when accepting the award at the AGM. “Barbara remains an inspiration to many people with Polio in Merseyside, so to receive this first award in her name means more than I can say. Thank you to all those people who nominated us.”
The British Polio Fellowship is a charity dedicated to helping, supporting and empowering those in the UK living with the effects of Polio and PPS. It provides information, advocacy, welfare and support to enable its members to live full independent and integrated lives and works to develop worldwide alliances with other Polio and Post Polio groups for the mutual benefit of its members.
For more details on Fellowship, please contact The British Polio Fellowship on 0800 043 1935, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the new website at www.britishpolio.org.uk