Get schools to join po­lio cam­paign

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

THE Bri­tish Po­lio Fel­low­ship is of­fer­ing schools packs of wild­flower seeds as part of its Sow­ing the seeds of hope cam­paign.

The cam­paign, run­ning along­side a colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion for pri­mary school pupils, is a way of rais­ing aware­ness of the ap­prox­i­mate 120,000 peo­ple living with the late ef­fects of po­lio and post po­lio syn­drome (PPS) in the UK.

PPS is a neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion af­fect­ing 80% of po­lio sur­vivors later in life with symptoms such as chronic fa­tigue, mus­cle weak­ness, sen­si­tiv­ity to cold and breath­ing prob­lems.

Although it af­fects a sim­i­lar amount of peo­ple as Parkin­son’s and mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease, it benefits from only a frac­tion of the public and med­i­cal aware­ness.

I want read­ers to get in touch with their chil­dren’s schools and let them know about this cam­paign, sup­ported by agri­cul­tural firm Syn­genta, which will see pupils plant seeds and watch them bloom with the PPS mes­sage in mind. They can get in­volved in the colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion too to de­sign our PPS day wild­flower pin badge.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. bri­tishpo­

TED HILL MBE CEO, The Bri­tish Po­lio Fel­low­ship

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