Fareham Meon Rotary club comedy night generates cash

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A THEATRE troupe’s performance left its audience in stitches and helped raise hundreds of pounds to help wipe out a killer disease.

Thanks to a donation of 100 seats by Titchfield Festival Theatre, Fareham Meon Rotary raised £1,328 towards Rotary’s long campaign to eliminate polio.

The performance of JB Priestley’s comedy-drama Laburnum Grove played to a packed house which included Fareham’s deputy mayor, Cllr Susan Bayford and her husband, Cllr Brian Bayford.

Brian Ray from the Rotary said: ‘When Rotary International began their campaign in 1987 there were more than 350,000 cases of polio world-wide especially among young children.

‘Last year, due to mass vaccination programmes there were only 222 and this year to date there have been only 11. But the fight must continue until no cases for at least three years are recorded.’

To donate funds contact Mr Ray on 01329 668061.