The British Polio Fellowship and its members have re-elected its Western Region Vice Chair, Dorothy Crook, onto board of Trustees for 2015. Dorothy, who is also Ludlow Branch Chairman, will continue to bring her extensive experience, knowledge and skills gained during her work with Services for Independent Living (SIL), to support the charity’s members affected by the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).
As well as her work with SIL and her various historical roles within the British Polio Fellowship, Dorothy also has experience working as a tutor for the Expert Patient Programme, an NHS initiative which sees those living with health conditions helping others with similar problems gain confidence and quality of life. She believes this experience has proved pivotal in helping members during her time as a trustee and she will continue to see that she uses it to best serve members in her new term.
“It’s an honour to be reappointed by the members of a charity which has offered me so much support throughout the years, and it gives me the opportunity to see that we continue supporting those living with the mobility and other restrictions associated with the late effects of Polio and PPS,” said Dorothy. “I want to ensure that we are doing all we can on a national level to ensure that our members and potential members know what help is out there; not just through the charity itself, but also via the NHS and other government, benefit, and disability schemes.”
Dorothy has been a member of The British Polio Fellowship for many years and now counts herself amongst the 80% of Polio survivors who suffer from PPS later in life. She now works for the Service for Independent Living (SIL) in Herefordshire, on the administrative side and in helping people with direct payments. Dorothy has gained valuable experience of the NHS through SIL and now fully understands the benefits and how to help Polio and PPS suffers get all they are entitled to.
“Dorothy has been an excellent addition to the board of trustees not just as someone who understands has experience living with PPS, but as someone who has experience helping others living with the condition,” said Ted Hill MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “She will now continue to bring knowledge of the benefit system, the NHS and a number of other initiatives that are out there, which will have a direct and positive affect on both our members’ lives and the way in which the charity operates.”
For more details on the late effects of Polio and PPS, please contact The British Polio Fellowship on
0800 043 1935, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.britishpolio.org.uk