The British Polio Fellowship has unveiled a new Wildflower logo to give an ‘identity’ to the hugely successful Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) Day on Wednesday 22 October. The image has been printed onto badges and distributed to the Fellowship’s 8,000 members as the national charity takes this year’s message to the heart of government, with this PPS Day being held at The Palace of Westminster and hosted by Andrew Love, MP.
PPS Day 2013 was a real success and led to Andy Love tabling an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for recognition of The British Polio Fellowship and ultimately raising awareness of Polio and PPS in Parliament. This success led to this year’s ‘sowing the seeds of hope’ campaign and ultimately this unique Parliamentary event, bringing over 90 members friends and supporters together to mark the charity’s 75th anniversary while pushing for greater awareness of PPS, for which the new wildflower badge will play an important part.
“To build on the success of PPS Day 2013, we felt it important to give the day an identity of its own, while finding a way for members to show their support,” explained Ted Hill, MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “A badge was a natural choice and we are delighted with the outcome. It is a true badge of honour and we know members and others will wear it with pride. We hope it will prove a great way to get a national conversation about PPS underway, not just on PPS Day but throughout the year.”
The pin badge incorporates a wildflower design in the colours of The British Polio Fellowship and has been sent out to all The British Polio Fellowship’s members. It is a symbol of the ‘sowing the seeds of hope’ campaign that has played such a big part in the charity’s work this year.
Schools across the country have been spreading the message about PPS in 2014 by ‘Sowing the seeds of hope’ for The British Polio Fellowship. A collection of wildflower seeds were sent out to participating schools and planted by students to represent the plight of Britain’s Polio survivors. Wildflowers are a symbol of hope in the face of adversity and for that reason they have been adopted by The British Polio Fellowship to represent hope for those facing this new battle with PPS.
The sowing the seeds of hope campaign has helped to make the next generation aware of Polio and PPS and will be extended into schools again throughout 2015, with the wildflower emblem used as part of a children’s colouring competition. PPS is a neurological condition that affects Polio survivors. The neurological condition makes joints, limbs and muscles very painful and makes movement particularly difficult. There are 120,000 people in Britain living with PPS and it is estimated that 80% of survivors will go on to develop PPS.
“The potential for PPS to cause real problems is huge,” explained Ted. “This is why we launched PPS Day. Health professionals need to be fully aware of the condition so it can be dealt with effectively. We felt that wildflowers were a brilliant representation of Polio survivors’ triumph in the face of adversity and so it was decided this was the perfect emblem for PPS Day.”
In London on Wednesday 22 October, PPS Day badges will be out in force as Andy Love MP hosts the reception in honour of PPS Day at the Palace of Westminster; while in Glasgow, the badge will once again be worn with pride on 2 November as a special service of thanksgiving takes place to commemorate The British Polio Fellowship’s 75th Anniversary at Glasgow Cathedral.
“We hope that people will wear their badge with pride on PPS Day and throughout the year,” said Ted, “The British Polio Fellowship is a community and together, we will face the challenges to come in a spirit of fellowship. I believe that the badge and wildflower symbol will deliver a greater understanding of PPS not just within the charity, but without in the months and years ahead.”
To find out more please visit www.britishpolio.org.uk or call 0800 043 1935.