This Easter Bank Holiday saw The British Polio Fellowship and a team of over 60 fundraising volunteers join forces with Birmingham City FC at their home match against Blackburn Rovers. Among those to dig deep and make a donation was celebrity Blues’ fan, Jasper Carrott.
Although the 4-2 loss left little for Birmingham supporters to be pleased about, many still managed to remain upbeat and dig deep as the collection buckets were rattled inside and outside the ground, with Jasper even posing for a picture with the star struck volunteer, Hayley Whitmore as she made her way around the corporate area of the ground with her bucket.
The event was held to mark both the 75th anniversary year of British Polio Fellowship as well as the 55th Anniversary of the passing of Jeff Hall, a former Blues’ legend who died from the disease at the age of 29 whilst in his prime, playing for both Birmingham City and England. His death pushed Polio into the public eye like never before and in his legacy Jeff brought about a change in the amount of vaccinations which were subsequently administered.
“We had been looking forward to this event for some time,” said Pam Jones, Chair of the National Board of Trustees for The British Polio Fellowship, who attended on the day. “The support of celebrities such as Jasper Carrott really makes this event special, but all the Blues fans played their part in making the day a success.”
“Whilst many may not remember Jeff Hall playing, it is important to recognise the way in which he played an important role in the story of Polio in the UK and his legacy helped to save the lives of thousands. It’s wonderful that the people of Birmingham continue to honour him and The British Polio Fellowship message as 120,000 people are still living with the late effects of Polio in Britain.”
The 60+ strong team of volunteers gave up their Bank Holiday Monday to support The British Polio Fellowship. The volunteers mingled with supporters, sharing the story of Jeff Hall and discussing the lasting legacy of Polio in the UK – the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).
Buckets were rattled outside the ground and local pubs kindly got in on the act by allowing collections between 12:30pm and 3:00pm, too. The charity’s Advan was also in attendance at St. Andrew’s and later drove around Birmingham, spreading the message about Polio and PPS far and wide.
The text number donation line can still be used to gift money to the charity. By texting BCFC393 to 70070, anyone who missed the game and still wants to pledge their support to the charity can still donate £3 to The British Polio Fellowship. A donation is the perfect way to remember Jeff Hall and at the same time help those still living with the disease that claimed his life.
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. For more details or information on The British Polio Fellowship, call 0800 043 1935, email at email@example.com or visit the website at www.britishpolio.org.uk