In the early 1950s, 8,000 people were paralysed by polio each year in the UK. Tragically, five to 10 per cent lost their lives after their breathing muscles became immobilized.
Children have always been at the heart of what we do. Our founder Duncan Guthrie's daughter, Janet, contracted polio as a child and Action played a crucial role in the development of the first UK polio vaccines.
World Polio Day on 24 October is in honour of the birthday of Dr Jonas Salk, who led the team that developed the first polio vaccine.
Today in the UK, there are hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled children who need help. Which is why we find and fund the best research to help these children.
Surprisingly medical research to help children is poorly funded in the UK. Action has a critical job to do in helping fill this gap to protect children. The prospects for finding new cures and treatments are almost within our grasp. We have vital research ready to go – we simply can’t fund it all.
With your help we’re determined to change this and make a real difference for children.