Children play their part to help out Polio campaign

Bloxham School pupils James and Ben Johnson are pictured with their purple crocuses they grew as part of a school project NNL-150604-125857001
Bloxham School pupils James and Ben Johnson are pictured with their purple crocuses they grew as part of a school project NNL-150604-125857001

Pupils at Bloxham Primary School have raised more than £730 to help eradicate Polio by organising their very own Crocus Concert.

Michelle Noble-Coles, the school’s musical director, organised the event with help from members of Banbury Rotary Club, who visited the school earlier last year to show children more about their End Polio Now campaign.

The school’s Crocus Concert was held on March 26 in St Mary’s Church, Bloxham and featured their 70-strong choir, believed to be the biggest in the area. Proceeds from the evening will help immunise more than 6,500 children from Polio.

Mrs Noble-Coles said: “The club came into our school to show us how we could help raise awareness and raise money for polio immunisations. The children were excited to help by putting on their own music concert in church.

“There was not a spare seat in Bloxham Church, the evening was so full of talent it was difficult to believe how young the pupils are. We often put on concerts but this time it was lovely to put our talents to good use. I am so proud of our musical school.“

The school also had help from 2nd Bloxham Brownies, who took donations on the door and sold crocus pins and refreshments during the interval.

As part of the Polio project, pupils planted six crocus bulbs in pots and took them home to nuture them. When the flowers came to bloom they took a selfie which was shown on a projector as part of the concert. As well as the school choir, there was a guitar group, girl band and various genres of music.

Mrs Noble-Coles added: “The children are fantastically enthusiastic, talented and committed to learning their instruments and singing and the support from parents, family, friends is outstanding.”