|(18/12/2014) Christmas Greetings to all our members |
The committee would like to wish all our members a very happy and peaceful Christmas. We also wish you all a healthy 2015.
2014 has been a big year for the Fellowship. We have after many years re-established contact with the British Polio Fellowship and are delighted to announce that we will be sending a team to the BPF games in Leicester in March next year. Hopefully this will be an annual event.
This year we also joined the European Polio Union to add our voice to the campaign for better awareness by statutory authorities of the needs of polio survivors throughout Europe.
Our annual dinner and BBQ continue to be highlights of our year and our monthly quiz brings many old friends together on a regular basis
During the year the Fellowship lost three very dear friends. On 17 February Paddy Grimshaw died after a short illness. Paddy as everyone knows was a one off and we will never see his like again. He always said that the Fellowship was his family and he is greatly missed. On 31 August our former Chairperson Norman Johnston died after a battle with cancer. Norman was instrumental in getting the Department of Health to fund conferences to highlight Post polio Syndrome. On 30 September Malachy Foots lost his long battle with cancer. Malachy had been very active in the Fellowship in the 60s and early 70s. Although living in the Republic for many years he never forgot his friends in NIPF. I don't think I ever saw Malachy without a smile on his face. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Grimshaw, Johnston and Foots families on this first Christmas without their loved ones.
Why not make a New Year resolution to become more involved in our events. The annual dinner at the end of February will be a good chance to do that. HAPPY CHRISTMAS
|(14/12/2014) Bumper Christmas Quiz - 20 December 2014 |
The annual Christmas Quiz takes place this coming Saturday - 20 December 2014 at 7.30pm in the usual venue The Dockers Club in Pilot Street. It promises to be a night not to be missed. The fee for this special quiz is £10 and covers entry to the quiz, spot prizes, play your cards right and a very special supper. There will also be a chance to buy tickets for our bumper Christmas Draw with dozens of wonderful prizes including a break for 2 at the Slieve Donard Hotel kindly donated by our President Sir William Hastings. The draw will take place at the quiz.
It will be a great nights craic so come along and join the fun.
|(3/11/2014) Next Quiz - Saturday 29 November 2014 |
The next quiz takes place on Saturday 29 November at 7.30 in The Dockers Club. As usual the cost is £6 per person and this covers entry to the quiz, supper, spot prizes and entry to "Play Your Cards Right". Come along and enjoy the craic.
|(1/10/2014) Death of Malachy Foots |
The Fellowship is sad to announce the death on 30 September of our old member Malachy Foots after a long battle with cancer.
Malachy was an active member of the Fellowship from the late 50s to the early 70s. He attended swimming every week at the Ormeau Baths, was a regular at Polio House, never missed a flag day and went on all the Fellowship outings - Portrush, annual treasure hunt, Christmas parties and annual dinners. He really was a social being.
Like many of us he drifted away from the Fellowship as a young man but still remained committed to the rights and needs of disabled people. He was vey active in highlighting the needs of the disabled in relation to public transport all over Europe.
Within the last year or so Malachy was in regular contact through the website and even send some old photos. It was so good to hear from him again.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.
|(19/9/2014) Voice from the past - Malachy Foots |
Malachy Foots a member from the late 50s to the early 70s has sent us the photo above of a trip to a swimming gala in Manchester in the 1960s. In the photo is Francis Bell, Jim McKillop, Malachy and Bill Shepherd. Malachy sent three other photos which can be viewed in the "Historic" section of the photo gallery. Malachy was a great swimmer and represented the Fellowship at galas all over England as well as in Dublin and Derry. Malachy attended all functions organised by the Fellowship and has very fond memories of his weekly visits to Polio House, the annual trip to Portrush, the annual treasure hunt, the Christmas Parties and the annual dinners. He also gave much back to the Fellowship being a collector at every flag day organised by Mr Rankin.
Recently Malachy has been very ill but has as ever remained very upbeat. He has been trying to contact old friends from the Fellowship and has managed to contact a former member who now lives in Australia - John Short.
If anyone else has old photos they want put up on the website get in touch and we will get them uploaded.