Rotary Great Britain and Ireland, and the British Polio Fellowship both share common values when it comes to polio eradication and prevention.
Rotary’s longest-standing, and most significant humanitarian goal, is the complete eradication of polio across the globe.
However, while cases continue, charities like the British Polio Fellowship are vital to care for those who have suffered from the virus and its aftereffects.
Despite the summer sun and warm temperatures, the British Polio Fellowship has launched its Winter Warmth Appeal.
Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a neurological condition which can occur in up to 80% of those who have had polio. In fact, one of the most reported symptoms of PPS is intolerance to cold.
Cold temperatures can cause muscle weakness and deteriorating health for those with PPS, meaning that for some individuals this sort of support is vital, especially with the increasing costs of living.
That’s why we want to raise £10,000 to support polio survivors struggling to pay their heating bills and manage their polio symptoms”
The challenge survivors face in keeping warm increases with age and many experiences fall and fractures, as the cold causes their muscles to fail. Only warmth can strengthen their muscles and reduce any profound discomfort or pain.
British Polio Fellowship Trustee and polio survivor, Lisa Davis commented on the importance of warmth for her health and how she has been impacted by increasing costs.
She said: “As a polio survivor with breathing problems I need to keep my home warm, even during warm sunny days.
“Being intolerant to cold impacts my life in so many ways. I have muscle weakness, sleeplessness, and circulatory problems.
“Due to mobility problems, many of us stay at home, making it even more important to keep our houses warm and now with increases in the cost of living it is becoming a real struggle.”
In fact, one of the most reported symptoms of PPS is the intolerance to cold.”
The charity’s Chief Executive, Kripen Dhora, explained how the proceeds are distributed.
He said: “All the money raised will go into our Heating Grants scheme which last year helped over 70 polio survivors, with a £150 heating allowance for those not eligible for the government grant.
“We expect this year to receive even more applications for help.
“That’s why we want to raise £10,000 to support polio survivors struggling to pay their heating bills and manage their polio symptoms.”
Donations for the Winter Warmth Appeal can be made on the British Polio Fellowship website.