Bexley Rotary Club plant 10,000 purple crocus to support ending polio

PUBLISHED: 13:28 10 March 2017

Crocus at Hall Place

Crocus at Hall Place


Seven million purple crocus have been planted across the UK

Rotary Internation, and Bexley Rotary Club are committed to ending polioRotary Internation, and Bexley Rotary Club are committed to ending polio

Bexley Rotary Club have planted 10,000 purple crocus at Hall Place in support of Rotary International’s Purple4Polio campaign.

The campaign aims to continue Rotary International’s 30 years of commitment to stopping polio.

Polio is a serious viral infection that used to be common in the UK and worldwide, but is rare nowadays thanks to vaccinations.

The Purple4Polio campaign has seen about seven million purple crocuses planted this year across Great Britain and Ireland with the assistance of the Royal Horticultural Society, to promote public awareness.

In support, last autumn, assisted by the mayor of Bexley, Eileen Pallen, and with help from the staff of the Bexley Heritage Trust, the Rotary Club of Bexley planted 10,000 purple crocus corms at Hall Place.

The colour purple of the crocuses symbolises the purple dye placed on the little finger on the left hand of a child to show they have been immunised against polio.

In 1985 world statistics showed that there were more than 350,000 children every year paralysed with polio. The number of cases have been reduced to the point where, last year, only 35 cases were reported worldwide.

Currently all funds being raised by Rotary are tripled thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation so that every £1 raised becomes £3.

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