In announcing their new trustees for 2015, The British Polio Fellowship has named its Leeds Branch Treasurer as its national treasurer. Linda Evers, who was elected and appointed by the charity’s own members, will now utilise her experience from a long and distinguished career in the financial sector, to oversee the charity’s finances.
The British Polio Fellowship, which supports those living with the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), has been a huge part of Linda Evers’ life since she joined as a member of the charity at the age of three. She sees her work as a trustee as a way of giving something back to the organisation which has supported her throughout her life, and believes it’s played a pivotal role in her having such a successful career working as a VAT Inspector for HM Customs and Excise.
“The support of The British Polio Fellowship has helped provide me with a community and support for what are a very special set of health problems that only people with Polio may understand,” said Linda. “I have no doubt that without both the help of the charity and the support of many of the members, including my husband, I wouldn’t have felt the confidence to enjoy such a great career and now I want to give something back to the charity nationally.”
Linda contracted Polio aged just 15 months and as a result of the disease she has had to have her right knee joint fused, and must now use elbow crutches to get around, requiring a mobility scooter for longer distances. “Linda is typical of many of our members,” explained Ted Hill MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “Her steely determination has enabled her to overcome the challenges Polio has thrown her way and as a result she has gone on to have an immensely successful career in finance with HM Customs and Excise.
“As with all of our Trustees, we hold a democratic vote of all members and she has been elected by the people that this charity serves. As a member herself, I’m sure this is a great honour for Linda, but the fact that the members have given her such a big vote of confidence outlines the presence and professionalism that Linda brought to her role as branch treasurer, regional treasurer and national trustee, as she has continued to progress in her role.”