UK holiday specialist Mundy Cruising has announced its nominated beneficiary charity of the year for 2014 will be The British Polio Fellowship. The deal was sealed when the charity’s CEO Ted Hill met with Mundy Cruising Managing Director Edwina Lonsdale on Thursday 24 October.
The announcement of the partnership means Mundy Cruising will be working alongside The British Polio Fellowship during the charity’s 75th Anniversary celebrations next year and will be actively involved in a packed calendar of forthcoming events to mark the Anniversary in style.
“The partnership with Mundy Cruising is a significant one and will really help the charity promote not only our 75th Anniversary, but at the same time help us to help our members with Polio and Post-Polio Syndrome or PPS,” said Ted Hill, MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “We are very grateful for Edwina and all her team at Mundy Cruising for their support and we are very much looking forward to working with them in the year ahead.”
Founded in 1970 when cruising for pleasure was a minority holiday interest, Mundy Cruising has grown to be the country’s oldest and most prestigious cruise-only retailer. The company has thrived on its reputation for expertise and its high levels of personal service; which first brought the company to the attention of The British Polio Fellowship through member Colin Powell.
Colin is a long standing customer of Mundy Cruising, thanks to the company’s personal service, with Edwina and her team always taking his needs as a client living (and holidaying) with Polio into account when arranging suitable experiences for him, from hotel to travel arrangements.
“We knew of Polio and the work of The Fellowship through Colin and so we are delighted to make the Fellowship our charity of the year for 2014,” said Mundy Cruising Managing Director Edwina Lonsdale. “It was a pleasure to finally meet Ted and we have discussed various ways we will work and fundraise with the charity and its members next year.”
In over 40 years of trading, Mundy Cruising has built up a large and loyal client base and in addition to ad-hoc fundraising, The British Polio Fellowship will be able to talk to the company’s customer base through the company’s flagship magazine Cruise News, that goes out to all the company’s extensive client and supplier network. Mundy will also be donating prizes to the charity as it looks to step up fundraising for its 75th Anniversary year celebrations.
The British Polio Fellowship remains 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.
Post Polio Syndrome or PPS is a debilitating condition affecting more than 120,000 people in the UK (around the same number as Parkinson’s) yet remains a forgotten condition for many. The partnership with Mundy Cruising will prove essential in raising funds to help those with PPS and importantly, to raise awareness of the condition among the public and medical profession alike.
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