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Banbury pulls together to support End Polio Now

3 December 2014
Banbury residents supporting End Polio now with Sanctuary.

Green fingered Banbury residents have shown their support for the global End Polio Now campaign by planting thousands of bulbs around the community.

Banbury Rotary Club, with funding from Sanctuary Housing, has brought the neighbourhood, including children from nine secondary schools, together to plant 6,500 crocus bulbs, the official flower of polio eradication.

£30,000 raised for End Polio Now

Bulbs have been planted at retirement living schemes, churches and Princess Diana Park, with proceeds given to the End Polio Now campaign.

Along with planting, the wider community is showing its support with polio awareness badges being displayed in shops and sported by taxi drivers throughout Banbury.

The string of planting events and crocus concerts has seen Banbury Rotary Club raise £30,000this year to support the campaign which hopes to rid the world of polio by 2018.

About End Polio Now Campaign

Rotary International’s crocus campaign, launched in 1979, plays a pivotal role in conquering polio. The aim of the campaign is for all pupils who started secondary school in September 2013 to live in a polio-free world by the time they sit their GCSEs. All funds raised for the international campaign is tripled by global charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Fred Riches, a member of Banbury Rotary Club, said: “Members of our local community have come out in force to support our polio campaign and we are grateful to everyone who has come together to help us in conquering the devastating disease. 

“Everyone at the rotary club is grateful for Sanctuary’s continued support as it enables us to bring the neighbourhood together and raise money with local residents for a campaign that is so close to our hearts.”

Sanctuary in Banbury

Graham Nolan, Sanctuary’s head of neighbourhood partnerships, added: “The Banbury Rotary Club has carried out impressive fund-raising activities year-on-year, and Sanctuary is proud to support such a rewarding project – especially as its bringing people of all ages together.

“Well done to everyone involved and we look forward to more events next year.”

Sanctuary manages 5,600 properties in Cherwell. They include general rented, sheltered and homeownership. For more information on Sanctuary in the Cherwell, please follow on Twitter @hellosanctuary.