Following the efforts of Jazz ensemble the Park Row Five at St Mary’s Centre, Thornbury on 21st December the fundraisers for The British Polio Fellowship collected over £160, with all proceeds going to the charity’s Winter Warmth Appeal that helps people struggling to heat their homes.
Led by British Polio Fellowship ambassador Professor Gareth Williams who agreed to front this year’s Appeal, the Park Row Five entertained shoppers on the last Saturday before Christmas with two hours of traditional and contemporary music. Members had collection buckets for people wishing to make donations, as well as information on the Winter Warmth Appeal and the work of the charity in general as it marks its 75 years of supporting Polio survivors in 2014.
“On behalf of the Park Row Five, I would like to thank the people of Thornbury for their generosity and support on the day,” said Professor Gareth Williams. “Christmas is a time when money is tight for everyone, but the Winter Warmth Appeal is a great charitable cause helping those living with Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).”
People suffering with Polio or PPS feel the cold more than most and all the money raised helps The British Polio Fellowship reach its £20,000 target to support qualifying members with the ever rising cost of heating bills.
“As fuel bills continue to rise, the amount The British Polio Fellowship needs to raise to support people forced to choose between heating and eating grows correspondingly,” explained Professor Williams. “Given the success of this event, we are looking at doing another fundraiser for the charity a little later this year.”
“The music went down really well and we received a very warm welcome from shoppers in Thornbury,” said Linda Davis of The British Polio Fellowship. “It all made for a very Christmassy atmosphere for shoppers and we want them to know that their donations are going to make a very real difference to people feeling the cold this winter.”
A professor at the University of Bristol, Gareth became an ambassador for The British Polio Fellowship whilst writing his book, ‘Paralysed with Fear – The Story of Polio’ and kindly volunteered to use his knowledge and musical talent to front the Winter Warmth Appeal on the charity’s behalf.
“People have been hit more by floods than cold this winter but when the cold bites, we will be able to offer real help to those in most need thanks to the kindness of Thornbury people,” said Ted Hill, MBE the CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “We are so grateful for Gareth and The Park Row Five’s on-going support and can’t wait to see what they have planned for us later in the year.”
The Winter Warmth Appeal is about more than just money. In addition to delivering financial support with heating grants for qualifying members, the campaign also aims to provide practical advice to people on how to keep the ever rising cost of utility bills down to a minimum.
It is still not too late to donate and there are many ways to do so. You can send a cheque to The British Polio Fellowship central office, make a regular donation via direct debit, or of course you can make a donation by credit card. Simply call 0800 043 1935 and the central office team will be happy to help. Alternatively, visit the charity’s website at https://britishpolio.org.uk/ and click ‘donate.’
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