British Polio Month (July-August 2013) is literally underway this year in more ways than one thanks to the support of a trio a great British authors, who have pooled their resources to help The British Polio Fellowship in its quest for greater UK awareness of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).
QVC presenter and author Julia Roberts joined Professor of medicine and author Gareth Williams at the Team Splash curtain raiser for British Polio Month on 7 July in Croydon and are putting their combined efforts and support into the charity’s promotional calendar. Gareth has written movingly about Polio in fact and fiction respectively, while Julia’s story is a first-hand account of a life with Polio.
In One Hundred Lengths of the Pool, Julia recounts her own childhood struggles with Polio, as it was only recently that she acknowledged her fight with Polio in public, inspiring thousands living with Polio and PPS in the process.
Gareth Williams is an acclaimed Professor of Medicine at the University of Bristol who in addition to his regular medical work, has written The Angel of Death on smallpox and has now followed this up with Paralysed with Fear, the first comprehensive history of Polio for over 40 years.
In addition to taking part in the Team Splash swimming fundraiser, the authors also took time to promote the Medical Alert Card, a new initiative from The British Polio Fellowship and all of them kindly agreed to become Ambassadors for the charity.
The Team Splash fundraising Swimming Gala marked the start of a month of activities raising awareness of Polio and PPS in the UK and the Ambassador authors will be taking part in further events as the month continues. Further details will be announced throughout July and August.
“We are extremely grateful to Julia and Gareth for all their efforts on our behalf,” said Ted Hill MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “Being able to call upon such influential authors as Ambassadors makes a massive difference when we are doing all we can to support our members and raise awareness of Polio and PPS.”
Over 120,000 people are still living with Polio and PPS in the UK and the help of Julia and Gareth is already having a big impact in enabling The British Polio Fellowship to help them. Polio and PPS remain big issues in the UK and far from being yesterday’s problem, Polio, PPS and the legacy of medical problems they cause are still very much with us.
For more details, The British Polio Fellowship can be contacted free on 0800 043 1935 by email at email@example.com or visit www.britishpolio.org.uk