Schools can play a role

Polio vaccination.
Polio vaccination.

I write to invite local schools and indeed your readers to help the thousands of people in the UK living with the effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) by joining The British Polio Fellowship’s Sowing the Seeds of Hope campaign and helping this project blossom this summer.

The emergence of colourful flowers after winter has long been a symbol of hope so the British Polio Fellowship has adopted them for the Sowing the Seeds of Hope campaign. In April, QVC star Julia Roberts helped children plant wild flower seeds donated at Christchurch School in Surrey to represent the 120,000 people across the UK affected by Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) and now we hope other schools will join our efforts as part of our 75th anniversary activities throughout the UK.

PPS is a condition that makes life harder for those living with Polio and its impact will be felt in this country for many years to come, hence the need to Sow the Seeds of Hope and the planting of seeds is a fun way of getting younger generations involved in an enjoyable and educational way. Christchurch School is using the activity as part of an ongoing growth project and we welcome other schools wishing to work with us in a similar way.

The British Polio Fellowship is calling on all schools across the country to get involved and support the Sowing the Seeds of Hope campaign. If you would like more information about how your school could get involved with the campaign and or if you or someone you know would like to join the British Polio Fellowship then please visit or call 0800 018 0586.

Ted Hill MBE

CEO, The British Polio Fellowship.