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Legal team helps stamp out polio with top bakes

Staff at Hibberts Solicitors have been busy baking to support the Rotary Club of Crewe & Nantwich Weaver’s Purple4Polio campaign.

Both its Crewe and Nantwich offices hosted an afternoon tea to raise funds for the cause which aims to eradicate the life threatening and crippling disease, which is supported by the World Health Organisation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The number of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just three because of this world-wide campaign, which takes its name from the colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child to indicate they have received their life saving oral polio vaccine.

Rachael Hodgkins, who organised the event for Hibberts, said that both afternoon tea parties were well attended and they had raised a total of £150.

She said: “This firm continues to support Rotary International and one of our partners is a member of Crewe and Nantwich Weaver, so when she suggested we hold this and explained the campaign everyone was really enthusiastic to support it.

“We have some wonderful bakers in the firm and some very generous staff, so for £5 everyone who came was able to enjoy a great spread of sandwiches, cakes and a homemade scone and jam washed down with a cup of tea.

“In the past we’ve taken part in a Comic Relief bake-off and we support the annual Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, as we’re all big fans of cake here.

“It was lovely to support Rotary with this campaign. If this one last push could rid the world of polio then that would be a wonderful legacy.”

Mike Constable, President of The Rotary Club of Crewe & Nantwich Weaver, said: “I attended the event at Nantwich and it was a great spread, the coffee cake was delicious, and we really appreciate the fundraising efforts made by the Hibberts team.

“The Rotary has supported the Purple4Polio campaign since 1985, and for every million pounds we raise Bill Gates match funds it.

“We are so close now to Rotary’s goal of a polio free world with just 37 cases reported worldwide last year, it’s absolutely vital we push this last step.”

For more information about the Purple4Polio Campaign log on to Crewe & Nantwich Weaver  Rotary Club website at

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