Get your purple crocus now to show your support for the End Polio Now campaign this month

What do purple crocuses and a trip to India for two Braunton Caen Rotarians have in common?

It is all part of Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign which has seen the crocus buttonholes on sale around the village as part of Rotary’s global appeal to eradicate polio.

Rotarians Roger and Paula Byrom will be travelling to India on Sunday to help the vaccination effort on National Immunisation Day.

They will be joining Rotarians from around the world in some of the country’s most at-risk areas to work with the local vaccination teams inoculating young children.

The appeal started in 1985 and in India this year will see the last Immunisation Day before the country is declared polio-free.

In Braunton, the crocus buttonholes have been sponsored by Roger and Paula and are available from their business, L Clarke and Sons Funeral Directors in Caen Street, as well as other local businesses.

Rotarians will also be selling crocuses for the appeal every Friday and Saturday in February at the green in Caen Street.

“Every pound that’s spent will vaccinate five children, plus for every pound in the box, Bill Gates will donate £2 to the appeal,” said Roger.

“It’s quite exciting to be able to go over to India and see where the money has actually gone.”