Polio campaign helped by the “lady in the iron lung” prop

January 30 2017

A MODEL of a woman in an iron lung was taken on tour to local schools by members of Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club.

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A MODEL of a woman in an iron lung was taken on tour to local schools by members of Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club.

Known as Yvonne, the prop is used to help explain the campaign supported by the Rotary movement to eradicate polio from the last countries where the disease still occurs.

Rotarian John Wells said: “Only Pakistan and Afghanistan now have cases of polio in children.”

He said visiting schools to raise awareness of polio and its causes was part of the last push needed to end the disease forever.

During school talks, Rotary member Dr Iain Dunnett outlined how the polio virus affected muscles, using Yvonne to show how patients needed an iron lung to help their breathing.

Mr Wells said: “Together with Sodbury in Bloom, we have planted purple crocuses on the Ridings and around the Sodbury Stones on Smarts Green roundabout. Dodington Parish Council have added more bulbs in Lilliput Park.

“We encourage everyone to take photographs next spring and to share them with friends and families to help us promote our End Polio Now campaign.” 

The colour purple was chosen as it signifies the purple marker used on the little finger of children already vaccinated against the virus.