The British Polio Fellowship has announced that Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in London is the latest national landmark to agree to be illuminated with the colours of The British Polio Fellowship to mark this year’s Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) Day on 22 October.
The Queen Elizabeth Hall joins several buildings and structures across Great Britain to be lighting up in order to help raise awareness of the estimated 120,000 people in the UK still living with the late effects of Polio and PPS – a similar numbers to those diagnosed with Parkinson’s or Motor Neurone disease, yet PPS only receives a fraction of public and medical awareness – something this campaign hopes to change, by literally encouraging the public to see PPS in a different light.
“To make our PPS day campaign work, we need as many structures as possible to come on board and help us and Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall is just the sort of iconic building in London we have been hoping would help us and we are very grateful for their support,” said CEO of The British Polio Fellowship, Ted Hill, MBE. “The building’s prominence on London’s South Bank is exactly what we need and I am sure that the Queen Elizabeth Hall will be invaluable in spreading our message this year and we cannot thank them enough for their support.”
The announcement that the Queen Elizabeth Hall is lighting up for PPS Day follows the news that the Millennium Bridge in Gateshead will also be lit up for PPS Day. New buildings and structures throughout the UK are announcing their involvement and the hope is that the whole of the UK will be illuminated with these beacons of hope as PPS Day Draws near. The charity is still seeking support and if anyone is interested in finding out more details can contact Fatema at The British Polio Fellowship on 0800 043 1935 for more information.
Now in its third year, PPS Day was launched in 2013 and from its beginnings in Winchester, was marked last year by a gathering at the House of Commons, supported by Andy Love MP. This year, events will be centred on the Welsh Assembly, with the support of Mark Isherwood, AM. The aim is to take the PPS message to all corners of the UK in line with the charity’s national agenda to ensure no one living with Polio or PPS feels they are alone.
Part of Southbank Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall is one of the premier music and dance performance venues in the capital. At night, the building is visually stunning and for such a prominent and well known venue in London to be marking PPS Day has been welcomed by everyone associated with The British Polio Fellowship.
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