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(22/12/2021)  Christmas Greetings 2021  

I just want to wish all our members and friends and supporters a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. It has been another difficult year for us all with the continued threat of Covid-19 but as ever our members have remained upbeat through it all.

Dominic McCarthy (husband of our member Collette) had Covid-19 and was very very ill but thank God has made a good recovery. Collette fell and broke her wrist and young Dominic had to go into respite for a while. They are all now back at home together.

Mart McVeigh (wife of our member Joe) died very suddenly and shortly after Joe broke his hip. He is now fully recovered and back in action.

Our member Heather Scott and husband Paul lost their beautiful daughter-in-law Bernie to cancer after a very long fight.

Our member Alan Hughes' wife Sadie has been very ill but thankfully has been able to go to our last couple of functions although in a wheel chair.

I myself have been in hospital with severe Cellulitis but am now recovered.

Our former Chair Bobby is still ill but as ever remains very upbeat.

Enough of all the doom and gloom. Despite everything the Fellowship still held the NIPF games in The Everglades Hotel and our annual dinner. The annual BBQ was cancelled but instead we had a very enjoyable Sunday dinner in The Stormont Hotel.

Our NIPF Whatsapp group has become our main method of communications and there are dozens of messages on it every day. My wife says her head is away with the number of "pings" from it every evening. If anyone would like to join the group just get in touch.

For any member who hasn't been in touch for a while why not make a New Year Resolution to contact us. We'd love to hear from you. We a better together.

Eddie McCrory

(10/2/2021)  Death of Mart McVeigh  

It is with a great sense of shock and loss that the Fellowship has learnt of the death of Mart McVeigh, wife of our life long member Joe. Mart was ever present and ever smiling with Joe at all our events, quizzes, dinners, games and fund raisers.

Mart was one of the most generous people and always contributed the most beautiful prizes for our ballots and, of course, bought loads of ballots.

The Fellowship offer Joe our sincerest sympathy at this sad time and assure him of our constant support. Because of the Covid 19 restrictions we will all be unable to attend the funeral but Joe will be in all our prayers at this sad time

(23/1/2021)  Death of Robert Donaldson  

The Fellowship is sadden to learn of the death of our member from Enniskillen Robert Donaldson and offer our sympathy to his wife Esther sons David and Paul and his grandchildren.

Unfortunately due to the Covid 19 pandemic none of us will be able to attend the funeral but rest assured that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Robert was an inspiration to us all and showed how a full life can be lived despite like us all having been struck down with polio as a child. Rest in peace old friend.

(1/1/2021)  New Year Greetings  

A very happy New Year to all our members and polio survivors everywhere. Hopefully within the next few days some of our members will receive the Covid 19 vaccine and the rest of us will follow shortly thereafter.

May we all get back to some kind of normality but until then stay safe.

(21/12/2020)  Christmas Message 2020  

Well 2020 is almost over and I'm sure I speak for us all when I say we will be glad to see the back of it. Let us all hope that 2021 will see the Covid-19 vaccine being made widely available and we can get back to some kind of normality. We of all people know what it is like to be waiting for a vaccine. Some of us can also remember being isolated when we were first admitted to hospital. Things haven't changed that much.

The NIPF has a WhatsApp that has been a lifeline to many of us during the lockdowns. If any member would like to be added just let us know and Christine will be happy to add you. You are welcome just to follow us or take and active part. The craic is great.

At the start of the first lockdown Eddie McCrory did a sponsored walk around his house over the space of a week. He told stories about the Fellowship in the past and murdered a song at the beginning and end of each walk. It was all on our WhatsApp and had hundreds of comments everyday. As well as keeping everyone's spirits up during lockdown it also raised a magnificent sum of almost £5,500 which will almost pay for the 2021 games.

We also have a Quiz WhatsApp and have a quiz every fortnight. It has proved very popular and again if any member would like to take part in the quiz just let us know and we will add you in.

Our member Alan Hughes and his daughter Anne have introduced a draw based on the bonus ball in the National Lottery to coincide with the fortnightly quiz. This has proved a great success and has raised much needed funds. It has already meant we have the funds for our trip to The Slieve Donard next September and enable us to organise regular evenings out when permitted. We had three outings this year but unfortunately due to the latest lockdown won't be able to have another until at least February. Many thanks to Alan and Anne for their sterling work.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we were unable to have our annual dinner this year but hope that we will be able to have the 2021 annual dinner.

As ever the Fellowship is indebted to our President Aileen Martin for her continued support for everything we do.

Since our last Christmas message three members have passed away Trevor Boyle, Mary McConnell and John McMurray. Our sincere sympathy to their families.

Just to finish a very happy Christmas to all our members and of course to Joe McVeigh who celebrates his birthday on 25 December.

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