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...

October 23 2020

Our 2020 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 >>>

February 9 2021

Weekly Burn Support Online Live Chat

Every Wednesday evening, 7.30-9.00pm (UK time), please join our online burn support Live Chat.

For more information on how to register and join the chat please follow this link >>>

February 9 2021

100+ CLUB

Join our 100+ club and be in with a chance to win a monthly prize.

To find out more please follow this link >>>

February 9 2021

Upcoming Events

Please check our events calendar for any upcoming events - follow this link >>>

December 11 2019

Machines for Burns Services...

The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust received a Meek Mesher Machine from Dan's Fund for Burns.

For more information, please 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


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The Adult Burn Support UK website brings together the most helpful resources and information available to burned adults, families and friends, burns practitioners and anyone else interested.

Burn Professionals and Burn Survivors have provided advice and input and contributed to the content of the site for which Dan's Fund for Burns is extremely grateful - to access the site and see what's available, 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


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


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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 UK :: Providing Practical Help For Burn Survivors :: Making Good From Evil :: Patrons - Sophie Thompson

Sophie Thompson

We are thrilled and excited to announce that Sophie Thompson has joined our list of Patrons. Sophie has a distinguished career in Theatre, Television, Film and Radio.

She has won several awards including Best Actress in a Musical for "Into the Woods" at the Donmar. Sophie has recently been seen in "She Stoops to Conquer" at the National Theatre and "The Physicists" at the Donmar; her career in film includes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Eat Pray Love, Gosford Park, Emma, Relative Values, Fat Slags, Dancing at Lughnasa, Persuasion, Morris: A Life With Bells On and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

TV appearances include Lovelife, A Harlot's Progress, May Contain Nuts, The Railway Children, Whistle and Ill Come to You, Nelson's Column, Big Top, EastEnders (Inside Soap 'Best Bitch' Award), and Radio's The Forsyte Saga, Jane Eyre, John Dodd gets Taken for a Ride and Higher.

Sophie is married and has two sons.

Thank you Sophie for joining us.


Dan's Fund for Burns UK :: Providing Practical Help For Burn Survivors :: Making Good From Evil :: Patrons - Nicholas Parkhouse DM MCh FRCS

Nicholas Parkhouse DM MCh FRCS

Nick Parkhouse has been a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon since 1991 and has special interests in the treatment of scarring disfigurement and aesthetic/cosmetic surgery of the face, breasts and abdomen. Nick has been based at the famous Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead since 1994.

He trained at Oriel College, Oxford, and the Middlesex Hospital and carried out research into wound healing for which he was awarded a Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1990. He was Editor of the British Journal of Plastic Surgery from 1997 to 2002 and is a full member and Mentor to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

Nick is married and has four children, and in his spare time he enjoys flying and fishing.

Dan's Fund for Burns UK :: Providing Practical Help For Burn Survivors :: Making Good From Evil :: Patrons - Professor Fiona Wood

Professor Fiona Wood

Fiona currently holds the positions of Director of the West Australian Burns Service, Consultant Plastic Surgeon of Royal Perth Hospital and rincess Margaret Hospitals and Winthrop Professor in the school of surgery at the University of Western Australia. She is Director and Co-founder of Clinical Cell Culture, now known as Avita Medical, a Member and Past President of the Australia New Zealand Burn Association and chair of the ISBI disaster committee. Fiona is also the Chair of the National working party for Burn Standards of Care and the Western Australian representative on the National Steering Committee for Burn Disaster.

Fiona adds, "I am delighted to become a Patron of Dan's Fund for Burns as I am inspired by many who have survived burn injury - to do so and then help others navigate their journey through such trauma is humbling. As a burns surgeon I see lives changed in an instant and I am driven to use my education training and experience to direct research with the goal of reducing the suffering. To ensure the quality of the outcome is worth the pain of survival is a challenge I face daily. Working together with so many dedicated people is the daily motivation."

Dan's Fund for Burns UK :: Providing Practical Help For Burn Survivors :: Making Good From Evil :: Patrons - Professor Fiona Wood

Mr Baljit Dheansa Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Burns Surgeon, MB BS, MSc, FRCS (PLAST)

Baljit is a well-respected and renowned Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead. Having trained at QVH, he was made a Consultant there in 2003 and specialises in burn care. In addition to his Queen Victoria Hospital role, he is a member of the London and South East Burn Operational Delivery Network, the British Burns Association Research Committee and the Scar Free Foundation Research Council.

He is involved in many aspects of research and has participated in several clinical trials in the field of burns, as well as supporting basic and translational science projects. He has a wealth of knowledge in the field of burns and is a most welcomed addition to our list of Patrons.

Sir Michael Davies KCB

After a lifetime's service in the House of Lords Michael Davies was appointed Clerk of the Parliaments in 1997, a post he held for 6 and a half years until retirement in 2003.

He was President of the worldwide Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments, 1997-2000.

Since retirement he has served as a non-executive member of the Audit Committee of the National Audit Office and has undertaken regular consultancy engagements to the Parliaments of developing countries.

He was appointed KCB in January 2002.

Gen Sir Alexander Harley KBE CB

Formerly Adjutant General of the Army and currently Senior Military Advisor Thales Air Systems, Alexander Harley is also Chairman Purple International; Master Gunner St James's Park; Governor King's School, Bruton; and Honorary Vice President Raleigh International.


The Rt Hon Sir John Stanley MP

Sir John was born in 1942. He won a Trevelyan Scholarship to Lincoln College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. He later studied at Syracuse University, USA. He is married with two children. In 1984 Sir John was made a Privy Counsellor, and in 1988 he was knighted.

Before his election to Parliament he was a senior Financial Executive with Rio Tinto Zinc. He was formerly a Research Associate of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and has also been a member of the Conservative Party`s Research Department with responsibility for Housing.


Dan's Fund for Burns UK :: Providing Practical Help For Burn Survivors :: Making Good From Evil :: Trustees - Polly (Miller) Brooks

Polly (Miller) Brooks, Chair & Founder of Dan's Fund for Burns

Polly, 37 years old, suffered 43% body burns in the 2002 Bali bombing. She set up Dan's Fund for Burns in memory of her late husband, Dan who was killed in the bombing.

Having worked in banking for 10 years, Polly recently re-trained as an interior designer and is involved in decision making and fundraising for the charity. She also has her hands full at home with her two children, Lawrence and Nicola.

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

Emma Danks

Emma is a London-based corporate lawyer, who became friends with Dan in 2000 whilst working in Hong Kong. She has been involved in Dan's Fund for Burns since it was established, initially through her support for various fund raising events, including running the London Marathon in aid of DFFB and joined the Board of Trustees in 2009.

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

Rosemary Derby

Rosemary Derby is married, has lived in Surrey since 1974, and has 3 children one of whom is Polly, founder of Dan's Fund for Burns.

A retired physical education teacher, she is interested in Local History and was chairman of the local village History society for 8 years!

Rosemary has been connected with various charities and, in addition to Dan's Fund for Burns, is also a trustee of Dr Guthries Association which has been supporting disadvantaged young people in Scotland since the 1970's.

On behalf of Dan's Fund for Burns she co-ordinates the Surrey Fund raising group and the gift Aid scheme.

Roger Masefield

To be added later

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

Alistair Strong

Alistair is Polly's brother-in-law, is married with 2 children and living in Surrey. He is a qualified accountant working in industry as a Financial Director.

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

Greg Williams

Medical Advisor

Greg Williams was educated in Canada and the West Indies before embarking on a medical career in the UK.

He first qualified as a General Surgeon and then as a Plastic Surgeon before specialising in Burns at Queen Mary's University Hospital, Roehampton and St Andrew's Centre, Billericay/Chelmsford.

Selected for a year's fellowship at the prestigious Shriner's Burns Hospital for Children, Galveston, Texas, he went on to spent 9 years as a Burns Consultant in the NHS, was the lead clinician at London's only Burn Service at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital from 2006-2012 and was the Clinical Director for the London & South East of England Burn Network from 2008-2012.

He co-authored the UK national documents for Burn Major Incidents, Burn Advice to National Trauma Networks and Thresholds for Admission to Burn Services.

In 2012, Greg left the NHS to pursue a full time career in the private sector.

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

Mrs Katherine Yousefi

Katherine works as a Community Manager in Internal Communications for a global publishing company, and lives with her boyfriend in a Victorian house in East London, which they are currently renovating.

Katherine stumbled upon Dan's Fund in 2007 after an accident that left her with first, second and third degree burns. During subsequent years Katherine underwent a number of operations but in-between discovered a passion for running.

Now an active runner, Katherine has participated in a number of races, often running on behalf of Dan's Fund. Over the years Katherine has forged a strong relationship with the charity which led her to become an ambassador for Dan's Fund in 2013.


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

Alex Scott

Al Scott is a chartered architect and director at IF_DO Architecture & Design, is married to Imogen and lives in Camberwell, London, and when not obsessing about buildings, Al enjoys galleries and exhibitions, cycling, photography and classic cars.

Introduced to Dan's Fund five years ago, when attending the Adult Burns Support Group in Holborn following hisown accident in 2009, Al has since taken an active role in fund-raising, assisting in event preparation and generally supporting the charity.

He has been involved in the pilot befriending scheme for burns survivors at Chelmsford Hospital and, in 2013, Al became an ambassador for Dan's Fund.

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

Joy Huston

Retiring after thirty years working with the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC (USA) and Geneva Switzerland, Joy turned her Management and Human Resources experience toward the Charity Sector.

Initially working with Friends of Russian Children and later, Children's Fire and Burn Trust, Joy was first introduced to the pain and suffering endured by those surviving a burn injury.

During this time Joy met Polly Miller, now Brooks, who had recently returned to the UK after recovering from her serious injuries and burns received in the Bali bombings.

Polly was looking for support for adult burn survivorsbut no such organisation existed, so she subsequently developed Dan's Fund for Burns (DFFB) to fill this gap and, once it was established, invited Joy to come on board to assist.

Joy joined DFFB in 2006, helping Polly to build the now very well established UK-wide adult support network.

Although again Joy retired in 2020, she remains a passionate advocate of the ongoing work and support of Dan's Fund for Burns in “being there” for all adult UK Burn Survivors.

Jack Goswell

In 2007 Jack was badly burned in a car accident, but after being transferred to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol and spending several weeks in hospital, some of which were in an induced coma, he still had a long and difficult journey to recovery, involving many trips back to Bristol for scar management and further operations.

Dan's Fund for Burns helped Jack and his family through this time with some of the emergency funds, and over the past few years the family have fundraised for us and remained interested in helping the Charity.

Married with one son, Jack was appointed Ambassador for the Charity in 2013 and is an excellent contact in the Devon area.

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