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

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STOP PRESS...

Sorry for the late notice, blame the Editor, but don't miss the Queen Vic Pie Off, Shalford, this coming Sunday, 16th Nov

Daily Mail interviews Polly...

Our founder is interviewed by the Daily Mail, and talks about her experiences after the Bali bombing, leading up to the current day.

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November 12 2014

100+ Club October 2014 Prize Draw has taken place - to find out who the winners were follow this link >>>

October 6 2014

Our 2014 Newsletter has now been published; to download a copy follow this link >>>

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London Support Group

 

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February 17 2014

Swansea - Welsh Centre for Burns & Dan's Fund for Burns...

Dan's Fund for Burns donated a manual hoist to the Burns Unit to aid recovering burns survivors. A formal handover was attended by Rosemary Derby, Trustee, and Joy Huston in the Burns Unit on 4th February 2014. Dan's Fund for Burns also handed over an iPad for the use of the Burns Ward patients.

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February 4 2014

Carer of the Year Awards

Burns and plastics specialist nurse, Claire Porter, has been nominated by her colleagues at Leicester Royal Infirmary; they say, "She strives to give the best possible service..."

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Support Group Study...

During the past year, DFFB funded a major study on UK-wide Support Groups for Burns Survivors, conducted by Camilla Batchelor in conjunction with Dr. Lisa Williams (Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Burns Unit) and presented to the British Burns Association Annual Conference.

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Fundraising News...

Royal Parks Half Marathon 2014

A huge success, a massive achievement by all who took part...!

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Future 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.

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

 

Singapore Bucks Rugby Club Dinner

Sincere thanks to the Club for continuing to support us during their Annual Black Tie Dinner for the 10th year since the Bombings in Bali in which so many Rugby players lost their lives.

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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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