The Rotary Club of Holbeach raises more than £1,000

All Smiles: Back ' Nick Seaman, Bruce Buck, Don Scott, Mark Petchell; front ' Pauline Seaman, Helen Scott, Sara Williams and Karen Craig. SG160313-141TW
All Smiles: Back ' Nick Seaman, Bruce Buck, Don Scott, Mark Petchell; front ' Pauline Seaman, Helen Scott, Sara Williams and Karen Craig. SG160313-141TW
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More than £1,000 was raised for good causes when The Rotary Club of Holbeach held its ball at Spalding’s South Holland Centre.

It mixed the lighter side of life with a serious yet heartening message about Rotary International’s campaign to eliminate polio from the world.

Guests heard there are now just 200 cases – chiefly in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria – compared to the many thousands when the campaign started jointly with the World Health Organisation in 1986.

The campaign has since acquired a new partner, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Club treasurer Don Scott said: “Whilst polio still exists in the world, it’s still only a plane flight away from our children. Like smallpox, we want to eradicate it.”

There were polio cases in the UK at the outset.

Members and guests enjoyed a carvery meal and danced the night away to the Steve Janson Disco.

The raffle made £650 with prizes donated by organisations such as Homebase. Other commercial supporters included Veena Cornish, Kerry and Green Financial Services and Lincs Home Condition Reports.