MEMBERS of the Rotary Club of North Worcestershire were out in force last weekend collecting for the End Polio Now campaign.

The rotary club members set up camp in Morrison’s in Bromsgrove on Saturday, February 15, while people were clearly still feeling generous of spirit after Valentine’s Day and managed to raise a impressive £550 from shoppers.

That money can now be matched two to one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which invests heavily in vaccines to prevent infectious diseases including HIV, polio, and malaria, as well as supporting the development of integrated services for family planning, nutrition, and maternal and child health.

Together with the support from the foundation, the money raised in Bromsgrove will be able to fund polio immunisation for approximately 5,000 children in the developing world.

Robert Moule, president of the Rotary Club of North Worcestershire, said: “I should like to thank all those who gave so generously to the collection, and we should also like to thank the staff of Morrison’s help in organising this and providing us with such a good spot on the day from which to operate.”