The British Polio Fellowship has kick started its activities for the New Year by announcing a new partnership with the Association for Conference and Events (ACE) who have nominated the national charity as a preferred charity, which will prove invaluable in helping those living with the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).
Established in 1971 the Association for Conference & Events (ACE) is the broadest membership organisation in the meetings industry and is unique in that it acts as a forum and networking platform for members involved in all facets of the industry. These include corporate companies, professional institutions, charities, societies, local authorities, trade associations and educational bodies. All these members organise events and hire venues, and purchase event services, making them the perfect partner for The British Polio Fellowship.
“The Board of ACE is delighted to announce that The British Polio Fellowship is now an ACE charity partner. We are delighted to be supporting The British Polio Fellowship and the great work it does,” said Keith Brown, Chairman of ACE. We hope that our members will take a keen interest in the charity and join us in learning more about how we can help.”
“I would like to thank the ACE Board for agreeing to support The British Polio Fellowship in this way,” said Ted Hill MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “Our Winter Warmth campaign to supporting those with the late effects of Polio and PPS struggling to afford to heat their homes is running and the ACE partnership will play a big part in helping us make a difference to people’s lives now and throughout the year.”
While the partnership officially gets underway in 2015, to move things forward, ACE has already posted a link on their website to The British Polio Fellowship’s donations page and the charity will be featuring in the next edition of the ACE newsletter. Charity representatives are also invited to the ACE Christmas Lunch on Tuesday 2 December to start to integrate activities with ACE members.
The partnership came about thanks in part to The British Polio Fellowship’s new Marketing Communications Officer Kripen Dhrona, whose extensive contacts in the hotel and events industry led him to think ACE and The British Polio Fellowship would make perfect partners.
“I know ACE has a long and commendable history and I felt that if the Board could see The British Polio Fellowship’s credentials stretching back 75 years, they would be keen to support us,” said Kripen Dhrona. “Despite the charity’s increasing efforts, the late effects of Polio and PPS are not as well-known as it should be and ACE will help us build on the work undertaken last year to change this.”
PPS is a neurological condition that makes joints, limbs and muscles very painful and makes movement particularly difficult. It is estimated that 120,000 people in Britain have PPS (approximately the same number as those living with Parkinson’s disease) and it is estimated that 80% of people with Polio will go on to develop the condition. The annual Winter Warmth campaign aims to help those with the late effects of Polio and PPS who feel the cold more than most but lack the means to pay increased winter heating bills. The charity looks to support those in greatest hardship and who do not qualify for a winter fuel payment.
“Our 75th anniversary in 2014 gave us a unique opportunity to talk about the late effects of Polio and PPS and literally starting 2015 with an ACE is the strong start we needed to keep up the momentum,” added Ted. “2014 marked why The British Polio Fellowship has been here for 75 years. Our New Year resolution for 2015 is to ensure the late effects of Polio and PPS do not become a forgotten footnote to our journey. The battle to beat Polio and PPS goes on and now with an ACE up our sleeve, its one I am confident we can win.”
“Everyone at ACE is looking forward to supporting The British Polio Fellowship in 2015,” added Keith. “I look forward to introducing their representatives to members at the Christmas Lunch as we look ahead to what I am sure will prove a successful collaboration for both parties.”
For more details or information on The British Polio Fellowship, call 0800 043 1935, email email@example.com or visit the website at www.britishpolio.org.uk