AN AFTERNOON cream tea will be held in Poundbury to raise money for charity.

The afternoon has been organised by the Rotary Club of Poundbury.

Peter Noble from the club said: "Many people in the UK and other civilised countries have forgotten the disease Polio.

"But it was during the 1950’s that at last people of the UK could be immunised.

"Even as late as the 1980’s much of the world still had endemic polio so Rotary International picked up the gauntlet and took on the challenge of removing the disease from our planet.

"Since then the number of people killed or crippled have dropped from 350,000 a year - or 1,000 a day - to this year as five to date in the first months 2017.

"Rotary had worked with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more recently the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

"Having immunised billions of children over the past 30 years, we still need to maintain the work until the disease has gone for good."

The cream tea afternoon will be held on April 28 at Parkers Property on Peverell Avenue West between 2pm and 4pm.

The event is supported by jam donated by Wilkins and Sons, from Tiptree Essex.

All donations will go to the Polio programme called Purple for Polio.