On 12th May national charity The British Polio Fellowship is hosting a special lunch at the Mercure Hotel, Fairfield Manor, York. Supported by York Rotary, the event has been organised by The Fellowship’s Yorkshire Region to offer support to all those members who do not have a branch and those living with Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) not members are also welcome to attend.
Thanks to York Rotary support, it is hoped that many members and non-members alike will be able to attend the event. Everyone is welcome to meet for coffee at 11am prior to the lunch.
“It is not possible to have a branch of The Fellowship in every city and town, so events like these allow us to reach those members not near a branch and at the same time offer our help to non-members too,” said Jan Taylor, coordinator of The British Polio Fellowship events in the Yorkshire Region. “These events ensure that members can meet all the regional officers and we can introduce them to fellow members in their own locality.”
Members of the Regional Council of the charity like Jan will be on-hand to introduce themselves and answer questions about the region and its work. Those with Polio and PPS can have limited mobility, so such activities are the perfect networking events, not just for members but for all those living with Polio to meet like-minded people and share experiences and advice.
“The mobility limitations of Polio and PPS mean that getting out meeting with other members of the Fellowship and taking part in activities can be a real struggle,” added Jan. “Thanks to Yorkshire Rotary’s support, we can help people in all sorts of ways. The Rotary Society themselves are very pro-active in their work against Polio and we are very grateful for their backing.”
PPS can be an extremely difficult condition for people to face and it is important that they do not feel as though they are facing it alone. The British Polio Fellowship was established 75 years ago with the intention of supporting those living with Polio and now with PPS.
Over the years the charity has witnessed the decline of Polio in the UK and the world however Jan Taylor is quick to point out that the battle is by no means won. “The legacy of Polio will be with us for many years to come as more cases of PPS appear. Around 120,000 people are estimated to be living with Polio or PPS in the UK and this event is one step on the road towards helping people in Yorkshire deal with the condition.”
For more information or to book your place, call 07849 347652. Places are already being filled, so applications to attend the dinner need to be received before Thursday 1st May.