Nursery youngsters dig in to help others by planting purple crocus corms which will flower in the spring in part of The Walks. Picture: Ian Burt

Nursery school youngsters helped to dig deep to plant bulbs as part of an international campaign to free the world of polio.

The spring will see a blaze of purple crocus flowers in The Walks at King’s Lynn after last week’s  planting session.

Children from the nearby King’s Lynn Nursery School helped to plant the corms outside the entrance to their building

The planting project was a joint effort with members of the Rotary Club of King’s Lynn, who are raising awareness of Rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign, and staff from the Streetscenes team at West Norfolk Council.

Borough council deputy leader, Elizabeth Nockolds helped with the planting.

The Purple4Polio campaign aims to eradicate the infectious disease worldwide.

When the Rotary Club of Great Britain and Ireland began its pledge to end polio in 1985, there were 125 polio endemic countries. 

Today, there are now just three, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

Polio mainly affects children under the age of five and Rotary has helped immunise 2.5 billion children globally since 1985.

It costs 20p to protect a child with the polio vaccine. 

Find out more about the campaign at the Rotary Club of Great Britain and Ireland website: www.rotarygbi.org/our-causes/end-polio-now/

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