Pupils dig in to help appeal

Bessacarr primary school plant Crocus to mark Rotary's campaign, 'End Polio Now'. Pictured back l-r Naomi Gibbons, seven, Michael Wrazen, seven, Cameron Hill, eight, Asha Thompson, nine, Joanna Burton, year three teacher, Elle Cridge, ten, Evie Worthington, seven, Kenny McClean, seven and Yasmin Yavari, ten. Front l-r Lauren Munford-Saunders, eight, Reuben Narwal, nine and Kajal Singh, eight. Picture: Marie Caley D4254MC
Bessacarr primary school plant Crocus to mark Rotary's campaign, 'End Polio Now'. Pictured back l-r Naomi Gibbons, seven, Michael Wrazen, seven, Cameron Hill, eight, Asha Thompson, nine, Joanna Burton, year three teacher, Elle Cridge, ten, Evie Worthington, seven, Kenny McClean, seven and Yasmin Yavari, ten. Front l-r Lauren Munford-Saunders, eight, Reuben Narwal, nine and Kajal Singh, eight. Picture: Marie Caley D4254MC

SCHOOLS across Doncaster have been backing a campaign to get rid of polio altogether by planting special flowers.

For the last 25 years national campaigning group Rotary has been working to rid the disease that can kill or severely disable children.

Two billion youngsters have been protected and billions of dollars raised. Of the 125 countries, since 1988 just Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria are left to rid the disease.

Doncaster schools including Leger Way-based Heatherwood School and Mexborough Montagu Primary have all been taking part in the campaign, particularly during World Polio Day which was held on October 24.

Bessacarr Primary School was one of those which saw its pupils and teachers plant purple crocuses in their site’s garden in Ellers Avenue.

The ‘Purple Pinkie Power’ project is held as a way to show purple because it represents the dab of colour on a child’s finger which indicates they have been inoculated against the deadly virus.

For more information on how to help the End Polio Campaign, call John Champman on 01302 370628 or visit www.endpolio.org