Polly (Miller) Brooks

Founder & Director

Dan's Fund for Burns UK :: Providing Practical Help For Burn Survivors :: Making Good From Evil

Offering practical help to
burn survivors in the UK

Latest News...

August 17 2017

SPECIAL FEATURE

Me and my scar...

Sylvia Mac has spent most of her life trying to conceal the extensive scars which cover her body - the legacy of a childhood accident.

Find out more about this amazing lady by reading her story here >>>

 

Swimming Opportunity in London...

Sylvia is a member of the London Adult Burns Support Group and has now managed to establish a swimming opportunity for Burns Survivors, and other individuals suffering from scarring.

Please contact her at sylvia@lovedisfigure.com for more information, updates, any questions and to register your interest.

Even if you are not a confident swimmer, Sylvia is a trained instructor and may well be able to support you in building your confidence in water.

July 21 2017

SPECIAL NOTICE...

The McIndoe Burns Support Group are holding a free wellbeing day for people aged 16 and over who have sustained a burn, at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.

Activities will include manicures, reflexology, reiki, afternoon tea, and possibly hand massage.

For more information or to book your place, download the poster by following this link >>>

July 11 2017

100+ Club June 2017 Prize Draw has taken place - to find out who the winners were follow this link >>>

June 10 2017

Centre for Appearance Research (CAR)

Visible Difference & Intimacy Research Study

Do you have a visible difference or an altered appearance and live in the UK/Ireland?

Would you consider taking part in the Centre For Appearance Research's online appearance and intimacy research?

This involves you answering a series of survey style questions about yourself, your appearance, your feelings and your intimate life so we can learn more about looking different and intimate relationships.

Are you 18 or over and based in the UK, and interested or want to know more?

If so, for more details about the study and to take part, please follow this link >>>..

June 10 2017

Would you be willing to help burn care research?

If you would, to find out more please follow this link >>>

February 21 2017

SPECIAL NOTICE...

The University of Birmingham is looking for people to take part in an online discussion group about scar management therapy.

If you would like to be involved, and are aged 16 or over, or have worn within the last 2 years, or are still wearing pressure garments to treat burn injuries, and/or using massage/creaming, please follow this link to download the details >>>

January 11 2017

SPECIAL NOTICE...

DFFB is assisting a doctoral thesis, by the University of Sheffield, into the effectiveness of online self-help intervention for adults with visible skin difference, including burns and scarring, by adding the link to the relevant questionnaire on its website.

For the avoidance of doubt, DFFB is not involved in any other way with this thesis or the work and activities in relation to it.

If you would like to know more about this initiative or be involved, please follow this link >>>

October 18 2016

Our 2016 Newsletter has now been published; to download a copy follow this link >>>

If you would like to catch up on news from earlier issues follow this link >>>

Hello Again website

Read about this exciting new project, sponsored by Dan's Fund for Burns, and browse the associated website.

Designed to support young people transitioning from children's burns services, the site aims to provide a helpful source of information for these young people, their parents/carers and health professionals alike.

Take a look at the Feature Article on our Home page, and read some more on our Current News page >>>

London Support Group

 

For details please go to Support Groups >>>

To take a look at the latest news concerning Dan's Fund for Burns recent activities and projects follow this link >>>

UK Burn Support Network Project

DFFB is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Jennifer Fitt as "UK Burn Support Network Project Manager".

Further to the Support Group Study of 2013, Danís Fund for Burns (DFFB) is now working towards establishing a UK-wide Burn Support Network.

DFFB would encourage all those in the UK Burns World who have ideas, and experience, related to Adult Support including Burn Survivors, Burn Service Staff & other charitable organisations supporting Burn Survivors, to contact Jennifer >>>

We look forward to your cooperation in the interest of moving this much needed facility quickly into reality.

 

To download the study report please follow this link >>>

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Fundraising News...

Charitable Bookings

DFFB has recently signed up to Charitable Bookings and, for those of you who enjoy eating out, if you make your reservations through Charitable Bookings, £1 per person goes to the Charity of your choice.

At the same time, IF you have a favourite Restaurant and find it's not listed, if you let Charitable Bookings know they will approach the Restaurant to see if they would be willing to participate.

We will shortly be issued with special cards with the DFFB logo and information - if you would like to have some of these, please contact us at info@dansfundforburns.org

Fundraisers

Surrey Fundraisers organising events throughout the year - follow this link to find out more >>>

 

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Emirates Airline Rugby Long Lunch

Emirates Airline has again generously supported DFFB at this outstanding annual lunch.

Twelve years on we are so grateful for this support which annually gathers over 750 enthusiasts for an afternoon of outstanding entertainment.

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Dan's Fund for Burns :: About us :: History

Dans Fund for Burns, a registered United Kingdom burns charity was established by Mrs Polly Miller in February 2003, following the terrorist bombings in Bali.

Polly's husband of five weeks, her bridesmaid, and seven other friends were all killed by the terrorists on 12th October 2002, and Polly was the sole survivor of the party of ten.

 

Read Polly's story

Dan's Fund for Burns UK :: Providing Practical Help For Burn Survivors :: Making Good From Evil

Bali :: the aftermath

Shortly after 11.30pm two bombs were detonated at Kuta Beach, and ripped Paddy’s Bar and the Sari Club apart.

Two hundred and two (202) people were killed and many more were injured on that fatal night.

The blasts created enormous devastation which has also had far flung implications for the Balinese people.

Dan's Fund for Burns UK :: Providing Practical Help For Burn Survivors :: Making Good From Evil

Polly's back & arm

 

Many of those injured suffered severe burns and were flown to various burns units in the area, particularly Australia - I was flown to the Royal Brisbane Hospital where I remained for over ten weeks.

 

I survived by pulling myself out of the burning night club, and running across the collapsed roofs to safety.

I was literally on fire and initially several Balinese were too frightened by the sight of a burning person running to give me any help.

My life was saved by Noel Ferguson, an Aussie Rules Football player, who took the photographs you see here.

 

Today, I still often wonder why I did survive; the battle for survival has not been easy.

Recovering from the excruciating burns which affected 43% of my body, I also had to battle the desperate emotional scars and unbearable sense of the loss of those I loved.

Dan's Fund for Burns UK :: Providing Practical Help For Burn Survivors :: Making Good From Evil

Hospital in Brisbane

This combination was, and still is, totally overwhelming at times.

However, with the support, love and care of my family and friends and the various burn specialists, I have survived and am determined to make something good out of the evil which was perpetrated by the terrorists.

 

  • Having being badly burnt myself, I learnt first hand just how painful and devastating, both physically and emotionally, it is to be burnt.

  • At the same time I realized that there are many other victims much worse off than myself, receiving virtually no support from the health service once leaving hospital. The NHS services are badly stretched, and often support from families and friends is lacking or they don’t fully comprehend the difficulties faced by survivors. It is very lonely out there.

  • In the United Kingdom we have spectacular Burns Units, nursing staff and surgeons, however I quickly discovered that once out of the intensive care of the hospital there was little or no support for burn survivors.

  • After considerable research and discussions with others in the Burns Sector, it became abundantly clear that burns awareness throughout the United Kingdom is extremely poor at the moment, as well as follow-up support both physically and emotionally.

So Dans Fund for Burns (Charity No. 1098720) came into being - to offer practical help in a wide range of circumstances to burns victims in the UK.

Some good out of the evil is the creation of Dans Fund for Burns as a permanent tribute to Polly's husband, Dan Miller.

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