The British Polio Fellowship has announced that several famous buildings and structures across Great Britain are to be illuminated with the colours of The British Polio Fellowship’s Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) Day Emblem. (PPS Day this year is on 22 October)
The pre-publicity event will see well-known landmarks in a different light in an attempt to draw attention to the issues that surround those with the late effects of Polio and PPS, thought to be around 120,000 people in the UK. This number is believed to be similar to the number of people suffering from Parkinson’s or Motor Neurone disease, but PPS only receives a fraction of public and medical awareness.
It has been announced that the first landmark to be lit up will be Gateshead Millennium Bridge, with others set to follow. The British Polio Fellowship has put a call out to authorities of landmark buildings throughout Britain that would like to be involved to get in contact to help spread the message of PPS.
“The chance to capture the entire nation’s attention with this campaign is extremely exciting and fruitful,” said Ted Hill, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “We’re extremely delighted to be able to announce Gateshead Millennium Bridge as the first landmark building to sign up. I’d like to extend my sincerest gratitude to Gateshead Council and its locals, and in the process encourage other Councils and their landmarks to come forward.”
Any councils interested should call Fatema at The British Polio Fellowship on 0800 043 1935 for more information.
The British Polio Fellowship provides support and information for its members along with others in the UK who live with the late effects of Polio and PPS. To find out more about The British Polio Fellowship and to learn about the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome visit the charity’s website at www.britishpolio.org.uk.