Get schools to join polio campaign
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. britishpolio.org.uk.
TED HILL MBE CEO, The British Polio Fellowship