National landmarks to 'light up' to mark polio awareness day

Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's Southbank and other landmarks across the country will be illuminated with the colours of The British Polio Fellowship charity, to mark this year's Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) Day on Thursday.

The Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth in its usual nighttime livery
The Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth in its usual nighttime livery

The Brighton Wheel, the Millennium Bridge in Gateshead, the Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth and the tower at Gloucester cathedral will also be lit in blue and green for PPS Day.

PPS Day, which is now in its third year, helps raise awareness of the estimated 120,000 people in the UK still living with the late effects of polio and PPS.

As part of the campaign, a video was made featuring the charity's ambassadors including Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni. The video, which shows models wearing a fashion collection designed for people with disabilities, was aired on Saturday during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham. 

Ted Hill, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship, said: "To make our PPS day campaign work, we need as many structures as possible to come on board. The Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall is just the sort of iconic building in London we have been hoping would help us. The building’s prominence on London’s Southbank is exactly what we need and I am sure that the Queen Elizabeth Hall will be invaluable in spreading our message this year."

Last year's event was marked by a gathering at the House of Commons. This year will be centred on the Welsh Assembly, with the support of Mark Isherwood, AM.

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