The Northern Ireland Polio Fellowship hosted its very first Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) information day event in Belfast on 4 June. This was a major event for the charity as it aimed to raise awareness of the effects of PPS and inform attendees of the vast amount support available to those who are living with the disease. The event was held in association with The British Polio Fellowship at the Radisson Blu Hotel and was a big success in putting this often forgotten disease back into the forefront of people’s minds.
CEO of the British Polio Fellowship, Ted Hill MBE said: “We work closely with the Northern Ireland Polio Fellowship and after attending the event myself, I was proud to see the hard work of the organisers pay off. One of our key objectives as a charity is always to raise awareness and information days and events like this one really give us the perfect opportunity to do so. We are always looking to find new ways of informing members and their carers of the vital information allowing them to get the best out of their every-day lives.”
“I would like to thank all those who attended as well as those who played a part in helping the event go off without a hitch. It was a very successful and important day for all concerned and I would like to thank Bobby Doherty, my opposite number at the Northern Ireland Polio Fellowship for inviting us along.”
The Northern Ireland Polio Fellowship invited several guests to attend the event. These included established academic Professor Gareth Williams who is also a British Polio Fellowship ambassador. He took a day away from lecturing at the University of Cardiff to give a talk on his work with the charity as well as signing his book Paralysed with Fear: The Story of Polio at a book signing run buy the No Alibi book store. The book is a comprehensive and engaging narrative of mankind’s battle against Polio.
In addition, Founder of Vital Nutrition and regular guest on various TV and radio programmes, Jane McClenaghan was in attendance. She gave a cookery demonstration showcasing some of her infamous healthy recipes. Elaine Figgins from the National Centre of Prosthetics and Orthotics in the University of Strathclyde was also attended the event.
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