Polio charity to give wildflower seeds to primary schools

The British Polio Fellowship is handing out packs of wildflower seeds to UK primary schools as part of its Sowing the seeds of hope colouring competition taking place this summer.

The seeds, provided by Syngenta, fit the theme of the charity's colouring competition as children up and down the country are invited to colour in The British Polio Fellowship's PPS Day wildflower pin badge design.

Launched earlier this year, the colouring competition follows the charity's 75th anniversary Sowing the seeds of hope campaign which saw a number of British schools plant wildflower seeds. The new campaign aims to continue to raise awareness of the approximate 120,000 people in the UK living with the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), a neurological condition affecting roughly the same amount of people as Parkinson's disease but benefiting from only a fraction of the public awareness.

The charity wants to spread the PPS message to an even younger audience and Ted Hill MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship said allowing them to get creative with the colouring competition is the perfect way.

"The opportunity for us to hand out more wildflower seeds also allows us to add an educational angle to the competition and offers the perfect opportunity for school children to enjoy the summer air," he said.

The colouring competition pack is downloadable from the charity's website and parents, children and teachers alike are encouraged to let their schools know about the event which takes place throughout the summer with a closing date in September. The charity will then announce competition winners and display a range of the best entries in its bi-monthly magazine, the bulletin, and on its website with prizes for the winners announced at a later date.

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