When members of The British Polio Fellowship met in Glasgow recently, it was a chance to hold their AGM alongside an Information Day, plus an important opportunity to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Scottish Region by forging links with Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) groups throughout Europe.
The charity was delighted to give a warm Scottish Polio Fellowship welcome to John R McFarlane, who is based in southern Ireland and as President of the European Polio Union (EPU) took the opportunity to meet with The British Polio Fellowship CEO Ted Hill.
“It was a pleasure to welcome John along to our AGM and Information Day in Glasgow,” said Ted Hill, MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “John is well-connected in both Ireland and Europe we are looking forward to joining forces where we can and working together in various partnership arrangements to the mutual advantage of all our members.”
McFarlane is the current President of the European Polio Union (EPU), a group of Polio and PPS support groups similar to The British Polio Fellowship, found throughout Europe but not exclusively the European Union. John is currently working on arranging a session in the European Parliament in Strasbourg to discuss Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) which the Fellowship is very keen to support on behalf of its members.
“PPS is an important issue for our members and joining forces with John and other Polio groups throughout Europe enables us to see that the concerns of our members are on the political agenda when it comes to health issues not just in Britain but in Europe too,” added Ted. “We are all working towards the same goals, so joining forces makes a lot of sense.”
“The British Polio Fellowship’s event in Scotland was an important event and I was delighted to be asked to come along,” said John McFarlane, President of the EPU. “I will be using my presidency of the EPU to move the debate on issues like PPS forward and the support of the Fellowship will prove invaluable in enabling me to do so.”
The forging of these European links comes as the charity makes the final preparations for ambitious plans for its 75th Anniversary celebrations in 2014 and marks the start of a re-alignment of the charity’s work and objectives over the next five years.
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