A New Year always brings a sense of hope and as all of us adopt our various resolutions, I would urge people to resolve to make a difference this year and support The British Polio Fellowship in raising awareness of the plight of those living with Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) in the UK.
This year is The British Polio Fellowship’s 75th Anniversary and already two of our members have been recognised in the New Year Honours list for their efforts and you too can play your part.
Our colleagues in the European Polio Union have prepared a political manifesto for the disabled, making specific reference to PPS. This calls upon the EU Parliament and national Parliaments to recognise Polio survivors in their own right and finally deliver official acknowledgement of PPS.
You can help by asking your MP to support an Early Day Motion (EDM) in Parliament tabled by Andrew Love, MP; and by ensuring your prospective MEP supports the manifesto in the elections to the European Parliament in May.
MPs and MEPs are your representatives and making it clear to them that the rights of the disabled matter, the better it is for us all and what a fine legacy for our 75th anniversary year it would be in 2014 is the year PPS is finally recognised by all governments as a medical reality.
Over 120,000 people in Britain are suffering with PPS – and despite this being a similar number to those with Parkinson’s – this devastating neurological condition can be missed or even mis-diagnosed, which is why Andrew’s EDM calls for the Department of Health to bring forward a strategy to address an issue that occurs in approx. 80% of people who have had Polio.
Full details of how you can get involved are on the charity’s website at www.britishpolio.org.uk which has a lot of helpful advice for those with Polio or PPS or call us on Freephone 0800 043 1935.