Crocus Planting in Memory of Jeff Fawcett

Tue, Oct 13th 2020 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Penrith Rotary joined forces this week with the Penrith Community Gardeners led by Joan Robinson, to plant Purple Crocus bulbs in Penrith’s Coronation Garden.


Penrith Rotary joined forces this week with the Penrith Community Gardeners [who did all the work], led by Joan Robinson, to plant Purple Crocus bulbs in Penrith’s Coronation Garden. The purple crocus is the symbol of the “End Polio Now” campaign which Rotary, globally, has been involved in for more than three decades. This programme with the aim of the eradication of polio is one of Rotary’s longest standing and most significant efforts. Rotary, along with our partners, have helped immunise more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we will not stop until we end the disease for good. The planting of purple crocuses in the Coronation Garden will we hope also provide a lasting tribute to Jeff Fawcett, one of Penrith Rotary’s leading members, who recently died. Jeff Fawcett, a retired Assistant Chief Constable in Cumbria Police, was instrumental in the Coronation Garden project. In fact, for over a decade, he worked tirelessly to bring the project to fruition. During his long and productive Rotary career Jeff also organised a walk across Morecombe Bay which raised over £15000 in 2003. Latterly he was recognised as a “Rotary Champion of Change” by the government of the day and attended a presentation for this award at 10 Downing Street. He will be sorely missed by his friends in Penrith Rotary and across Penrith. This crocus planting is also our contribution to “World Polio Day” which is 24th October 2020.

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