The British Polio Fellowship is the largest UK Charity dedicated to supporting the tens of thousands of people who survived the Polio epidemics of the first half of the 20th Century.
There are estimated to be 120,000 people living in the UK alone who have had Polio, and are now suffering from neurological condition of Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).
The British Polio Fellowship was established in 1939 and has since grown into a national membership organisation that supports approximately 10,000 members through its extensive network of Branches and Groups, and a national information and support Telephone Helpline.
The needs of people living with Polio and PPS are changing and increasing continuously, and the Fellowship provides information on all aspects of managing the condition. It also provides a dedicated Disability and Benefits Advice Line and supports members in need through Welfare and Holiday grants. The bi-monthly member magazine, the Bulletin, is a valuable source of information and has proven to be a lifeline to many who live in isolation.
Polio is an infectious disease caused by one of three polio viruses. In some cases the virus causes permanent muscle paralysis by destroying or damaging the nerve cells that control movement. It has been eradicated in theUKbecause immunisation levels remain high, but it is still possible to catch it in certain overseas countries.
Approximately 60% of people who had Polio are now experiencing new polio-related symptoms for which they need to seek help. PPS is a neurological condition that can occur in people who have had Polio. After an interval of several years of stability, people may then develop increasing weakness, stamina problems, fatigue and pain.
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