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Issue:- 16 January 2015

The British Polio Fellowship launches nationwide school colouring competition

Charity trustee Linda Evers and husband Frank Evers "Sow the seeds of hope" alongside their grandchildren whilst on holiday in Burnham-on-Sea

FOLLOWING on from a successful 75th Anniversary Year, The British Polio Fellowship has launched its national:- "Sowing the seeds of hope" colouring competition as it looks to raise awareness of Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) amongst British school children in 2015. The competition follows on from the charity’s highly successful 2014 "Sowing the seeds of hope" wildflower planting, which saw it team up with agricultural industry leader Syngenta, who provided seeds for charity members and schools across the country.

"Many people believe that Polio is a thing of the past, but with approximately 120,000 people suffering from PPS, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The charity is already working hard to spread the PPS message to the general public and this colouring competition is about spreading the PPS message to an even younger audience so that the next generation grows up aware of the Polio legacy. We are doing this through an activity that’s creative, engaging and educational." said Ted Hill, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship.

Pupils at Christ Church C Of E Infant School in Virginia Water, Surrey were joined by charity ambassador Julia Roberts alongside other charity officials last spring to "Sow the seeds of hope"

The competition, which is open to school children, will see primary school age youngsters colour in wildflower line art emblem inspired by the "Sowing the seeds of hope" campaign, which was also used to mark the charity’s PPS day. Aside from the competition offering children a bit of fun in school, the charity has also provided a number of educational angles aimed at giving pupils more context around the issues relating to Polio.

The competition could be used to broach the subject of disability and discrimination with children of a young age, whilst the history and science of both Polio and diseases like it may also offer good educational angles. The charity is also offering to arrange visits from its ambassadors to a select number of schools in order to further promote the message, including Paralympians Anne Wafula-Strike and James Crisp and Polio academic author and Medical Doctor (MD), Professor Gareth Williams.

"We appreciate that education is the most important thing to think about when running competitions like this, yet Polio is a disease which broaches a number of issues from health to history. Inspirational personalities like James Crisp, who despite having had Polio, has won three Paralympic medals at the London 2012 games can also pay the schools a visit, talking about their own experience of the disease and helping the children with their colouring." said Ted Hill.

The winners of the competition will be announced later in the year, with the deadline for entries 30 September 2015. Teachers and Parents are encouraged to send photos of their children’s wildflower colourings with some appearing in The British Polio Fellowship’s bi-monthly magazine, the bulletin, as well as on the charity’s social media streams.

The "Sowing the seeds of hope" colouring pack can be downloaded from the charity’s website or for more information, contact freephone:- 0800 018 0586.

SAFE - Update

THE next meeting of Southport Access For Everyone forum will be held at the Victoria Methodist Church, Sussex Road, Southport PR8 6DG. On Monday, 26 January 2015, at 7pm. This is a free public meeting.  The premises are fully accessible for wheelchair users with adequate car parking facilities, and light refreshments will be served before the meeting commences. Anyone with an interest in disability issues you are very welcome.  For more information visit:- SouthportAccessForeveryone.Org. For further enquiries you can also phone:- 07866531036

Public Warning following the loss of prescription medication

MERSEYSIDE Police in Birkenhead are asking the public to be vigilant following the loss of prescription medication last week. The medication was lost between 8pm and 11pm on Wednesday, 7 January 2015, in the Litherland area. The medication consists of:-

16 tablets of Tramadol Hydrocloride.

They could be extremely harmful if taken when not subscribed to someone. Anyone who comes across this medication, or any other prescription drug, is asked to hand them to their nearest Police Station, Surgery, Hospital or Pharmacy.

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