A Northampton branch of the British Polio Fellowship has been formed to provide support and services for those still living with the condition.
The decision was taken following an initial meeting of 20 Northamptonshire members of the group at the Sywell Hotel earlier this month.
British Polio Fellowship CEO Ted Hill said: “It’s great news that members have come forward to form new local branch for the Northampton area.
“Local branches not only provide valuable support for those living with polio and post-polio syndrome in the area but they also help us as a national charity reach out to members on a local level.”
The British Polio Fellowship is a charity dedicated to helping, supporting and empowering those in the UK living with the effects of polio and PPS.
It provides information, advocacy, welfare and support to enable its members to live full independent and integrated lives and works to develop worldwide alliances with other polio and post-polio groups for the mutual benefit of its members.
It is thought that 120,000 people in the UK are living with the effects of polio or PPS today.
A meeting will be held in the New Year to establish the Northamptonshire branch.
Anyone wishing to become involved can contact The British Polio Fellowship central office on 0800 018 0506, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Hill added: “2014 is going to be one of the biggest years in the charity’s long history as we mark our 75th anniversary and I’m sure the new Northamptonshire branch will be active in marking the landmark year with us.
“I hope to be invited to one of the branch meetings and getting to know the members and volunteer officers at the group soon.”
For more details please contact The British Polio Fellowship on 0800 018 0506, email or visit the new website at www.britishpolio.org.uk.