Published 29 January 2016

The Duchess of Gloucester opens the new Head Office of the British Polio Fellowship at the Exchange, Watford, 77 years to the day since the national charity was founded in 1939.

The Duchess met with Trustees, staff and members of the charity before unveiling a plaque to formally open the office.

Her Royal Highness saw for herself the custom built office, which has been designed in conjunction with workspace specialist Woodhouse to ensure the facilities would cater for and prioritise access for visitors with disabilities including Post Polio Syndrome.

The charity is dedicated to helping, supporting and empowering people in the UK, living with Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), a neurological condition.

Having The Duchess of Gloucester with us for such a special moment in our history and the icing of the cake and a wonderful start to 2016.

Bryan Rowley, Chairman of Trustees of The British Polio Fellowship

Whilst there haven’t been any new cases of Polio in the UK since 1993, 80% of those who have had Polio will develop PPS. It is estimated that 120,000 people live with this debilitating neurological condition, which despite affecting the same number of people as Parkinson’s disease, receives only a fraction of the attention of the public and the medical profession.