Pupils help polio fight

Montagu Primary School headteacher John Scatchard helps reception children plant crocus bulbs, to honour End Polio Now Day. Pictured are back l-r Jayden Meanley, Ebony Harrop, Cayden Rollinson, Chloe Healey, all four. Front L-R are Ellie Sutton, and Alfie Utley, both four.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1300LM

Montagu Primary School headteacher John Scatchard helps reception children plant crocus bulbs, to honour End Polio Now Day. Pictured are back l-r Jayden Meanley, Ebony Harrop, Cayden Rollinson, Chloe Healey, all four. Front L-R are Ellie Sutton, and Alfie Utley, both four. Picture: Liz Mockler D1300LM

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PRIMARY school children in Mexborough planted thousands of plant bulbs and raised £200 to help boost the worldwide fight to eradicate polio.

Pupils at Montagu Primary School planted around 2,000 purple crocus flower bulbs on school grounds.

This symbolic gesture was part of the ‘Purple Pinkie Power’ project’, which is inspired by the tiny dab of purple put on a child’s finger to indicate they have been inoculated against the deadly virus.

The school joined others worldwide as part of a campaign by Rotary International to raise £100 million, which will be spent on inoculations against the disease, which can kill or severely disable children.

If Rotary International raises the sum, billionaire businessman Bill Gates has vowed to match the figure with his own donation.

Deputy Headteacher Louise Johnson said: “The rotary club came into school to talk to the children about the importance of their project. We are really happy with the amount we have raised.”