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The British Polio Fellowship is hosting one of three 75th anniversary roadshow in Manchester in June; with Team GB paralympian Anne Wafula Strike attending to give a talk to member entitled “how to improve your wellbeing”. Anne is well placed to give such a talk, from her position as an experienced competing paralympian, but also as someone suffering from the late effects of Polio, and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS). The roadshow is to be held at the Radisson Blu hotel, Manchester Airport on Saturday 28th June between 10am and 4:15pm.
“It is such an exciting prospect to have a well-known paralympian such as Anne attending our roadshows; she offers first hand advice about how a person can live an active and healthy lifestyle when living with the late effects of Polio,” explained Ted Hill MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. Anne supported The British Polio Fellowship earlier this year by presenting the medals to the winners of The British Polio Fellowship National Indoor Games, hosted in Leicester.
The keynote speech on the day is being presented by Anne Glynn, Neuro-rehabilitation Specialist and Physiotherapist at Colchester Hospital Essex. Anne will be discussing the management of the late effects of Polio and PPS, and will follow her presentation with a Q and A session. The afternoon will see a screening of The Journey, followed by a break for lunch before the commencement of the afternoon workshops. These will cover a range of topics from the value of occupational therapy, to updates on the latest changes to disability benefits.
The Manchester roadshow is the second of three across the country marking the charity’s 75th anniversary celebrations, and will enable members to meet up and attend workshops relating to the late effects of Polio and PPS, while enjoying the entertainment on offer on the day – which will include a screening of The Journey, a unique film where members share their life stories and memoirs relating to Polio and The British Polio Fellowship’s role in their lives.
“We felt that our 75th anniversary was the right time to get out and meet people, we have been overwhelmed by the response from those wishing to attend and the event is already oversubscribed.
“It is set to be one of our most successful roadshows yet, which is a very exciting prospect for us at the charity,” said Ted Hill. “We hold a number of events every year, but this year is very special and our roadshow plans reflect that.”
Part of the activities Ted alluded to include the appearance of a digital graffiti wall, which will enable people to create their own digital works of art as part of the charity’s ‘sowing the seeds of hope’ campaign.
The British Polio Fellowship has been inviting schools and organisations throughout the country to plant wildflower seeds with the aim of raising awareness about the late effects of Polio and PPS in the UK. Some 10,000 packets of seeds provided by Syngenta and Westland Horticulture have also been distributed via the charity’s bi-monthly newsletter, The Bulletin. The campaign will culminate on PPS day when the charity attends a Parliamentary reception on 28th October.
“The Manchester roadshow coincides with the World Cup in Brazil, but there will be enough activities to keep members occupied and away from the TV screens, before people can go home and enjoy the footy,” added Ted. “The graffiti wall is very new and exciting and for traditionalists we have our popular history corner and support services information, while a qualified, trained therapist will be on-site offering massage treatments.”
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 us on 0800 043 1935, email at email@example.com or visit the website at www.britishpolio.org.uk