With a last ordering date of Friday 12 December, time is now running out to order the new ‘Sowing the seeds of hope’ calendar from The British Polio Fellowship in time for Christmas. Priced at just £4.95 thanks to sponsorship from Syngenta and Westland Horticulture, proceeds will go towards supporting those living with the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) in the UK.
Members of The British Polio Fellowship received 10,000 complimentary packs of wildflower seeds, courtesy of Syngenta and Westland back in the March and when a member’s calendar was developed, wildflowers were a natural theme to adopt and became the symbol of the charity’s PPS Day this year.
“Wildflowers were a very apt choice for us as a charity,” said CEO of The British Polio Fellowship, Ted Hill MBE. “These flowers flourish in difficult conditions which is true for those living with the late effects of Polio and PPS, who have also thrived against the odds. Buying a calendar helps us to support them and makes an ideal gift and we do hope people will take the chance to order one.”
‘Sowing the seeds of hope’ calendars can be ordered either by phone, online or by post. To order your calendar or to find out more about the charity go to www.britishpolio.org.uk or contact 0800 018 0586. To ensure you receive your cards in time for Christmas, ordering by 2nd December is recommended. However, calendars will remain on sale into 2015.
The wall calendar is A3 size, so each month features a stunning image of a seasonally appropriate wildflower. The usual key dates to remember and some additional facts from the history of Polio are also included. Photographs of members taken at this year’s conferences are also featured, together with member messages – giving this calendar a very unique and personal style.
Christmas cards have always been something the charity has produced throughout its 75 year history, so far from ‘jumping on the bandwagon’, the charity was among the very first originators of this concept. The cards remain popular, with some already sold out and limited stock on others.
While charity Christmas cards and calendars may be commonplace now, it was a revolutionary idea in 50s Britain and in its heyday, The British Polio Fellowship was (other than Boots) one of the biggest buyers of Advent calendars and producing many Christmas cards with some 30 charity members employed on the task full time.
“While we are not operating on the industrial scale of the 50s, we do pride ourselves on the quality of the Christmas cards and our new calendar puts our members firmly at the heart of what we do,” added Ted. “The cards and calendar are very reasonably priced and we do hope people will buy them and continue to support our efforts to assist those with the late effects of Polio and PPS.”