The British Polio Fellowship marks its 80th birthday in January 2019. What a wonderful present if next year could finally be the one we see the end of Polio forever. Those who have followed the battle to beat Polio know these hopes have been expressed before. Polio has proved more stubborn than anyone imagined, so with pockets of Polio remaining in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, complacency is the biggest risk.
The end game is now tantalisingly within our grasp, but that we are still here supporting 120,000 living with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) in the UK shows we will not truly have consigned Polio to the history books until every last survivor with PPS is no more. British Polio has invaluable world leading knowledge of how to treat PPS; with careful self-management and defined care pathways, independent living is possible.
We call on everyone to mark our upcoming birthday by applauding Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign as it embarks on One Last Push, and to join us as we mark the amazing milestone of 80 years of The British Polio Fellowship. 120,000 Polio survivors in Britain still desperately need your help and we now seek sponsors and donors to help us commemorate 80 years of Fellowship, and continue to offer vital support services to members. To help us, call 0800 043 1935 or visit www.britishpolio.org.uk
National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship