City athlete’s PPS display

James and Katie at Royal Ascot
James and Katie at Royal Ascot
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A Sheffield Paralympic Gold Medallist showed his support for Post Polio Syndrome, while attending Royal Ascot.

The three-times champion swimmer James Crisp was at the event, in his capacity as Ambassador for The British Polio Fellowship, to lend his support to the charity as it unveiled a show-stopping series of hats on Ladies’ Day, to raise awareness of PPS and in recognition of sports teams momentous achievements this year.

Despite a packed diary in the run-up to the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio in September, the Woodseats athlete and his wife Katie, who wore one of the designers hats by milliner Janice Charles, took a few hours out to raise awareness of the condition, which affects around 120,000 people in the UK.

Ted Hill MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship, said: “I’d like to personally extend my sincerest thanks to both James and his wife Katie for all of their efforts at Ladies’ Day. Even as he prepares for the 2016 Summer Paralympics, James was able to help out and recognise the great cause we here at The British Polio Fellowship were spreading awareness of.

“The help we receive from our Ambassadors is hugely appreciated.”

The British Polio Fellowship offers support and advice to those living with PPS - a neurological condition that only seven per cent of the British public are aware, despite it affecting the same number of people who live with Parkinson’s.