Festive fundraising will literally be in full swing in Bristol this year as Professor Gareth Williams and The Park Row Five will be playing at St Mary’s Centre, Thornbury on Saturday 21 December from 12.30pm to 2.30pm with proceeds going to The British Polio Fellowship’s Winter Warmth Appeal.
People suffering with Polio or Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS), feel the cold more than most and money raised at the event will help the charity reach its target of £20,000 to support qualifying members with the ever rising cost of heating bills this winter.
A professor at the University of Bristol, Gareth became an ambassador for The British Polio Fellowship whilst writing his book, ‘Paralysed with Fear – The Story of Polio’ and kindly volunteered to use his knowledge and musical talent to front the Winter Warmth Appeal on the charity’s behalf.
“As fuel bills continue to rise, the amount The British Polio Fellowship needs to raise each year to support members forced to choose between heating and eating grows correspondingly,” explained Professor Williams. “I’m proud to be fronting this year’s Winter Warmth Campaign and playing with The Park Row Five to help raise funds seemed a perfect way to help.”
Collection buckets will be on hand for people wishing to make donations, as well as information to raise people’s awareness of the Winter Warmth appeal and the work of The British Polio Fellowship in general as the charity prepares to mark its 75th Anniversary in 2014.
“We’ve worked hard on making this year’s Winter Warmth Campaign the best it can be,” added Gareth. “The Park Row Five has been practising hard and I’m sure the people of Thornbury will come and support us and such a good cause that aims to make the most wonderful time of the year wonderful for many of those less fortunate than ourselves.”
The Winter Warmth Appeal is about more than just money. In addition to delivering financial support with heating grants for qualifying members, the campaign also aims to provide practical advice to people on how to keep the ever rising cost of utility bills down to a minimum.
“The Winter Warmth Appeal always brings out people’s generosity, as its campaign many can identify with, this year more than ever,” said Ted Hill, MBE the CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “We are grateful for the support of Gareth and The Park Row Five and wish them well in Thornbury. The great British public have dug deep for us in previous years and as always we are deeply grateful for all the support we receive.”
If you can’t get to the jazz session but still wish to donate, there are many ways to do so. You can send a cheque to The British Polio Fellowship central office, make a regular donation via direct debit, or of course you can make a donation by credit card. Simply call 0800 043 1935 and the central office team will be happy to help. Alternatively, visit the charity’s website at https://britishpolio.org.uk/ and click ‘donate.’
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