Bury pupils mark fingers with purple ink to show polio solidarity

CHILDREN at Bury CofE Primary School got messy marking a large sheet of paper with purple fingerprints to raise money to eradicate polio.

Pupils gave a donation and painted their fingers with purple ink to identify with children in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria – where polio is endemic – who are marked with indelible ink when they are vaccinated.

Headteacher Peter Allen said: “We are delighted to support this campaign once again and have raised �165 – enough to vaccinate 825 people. We have talked about the issues and looked at a BBC report from India that was broadcast earlier in the week.”

n MORE than �100 was raised at a Swimathon for the Rotary Polio campaign.

Huntingdon Swiming Club hosted the event at Huntingdon One Leisure, in St Peter’s Road, in an event set up by members of St Ives Rotary Club. The event was one of 100 across the UK as Rotary International tried to set a world record for the number of people swimming 100 metres non-stop in an hour.

A group of 36 swimmers in Huntingdon raised �124.