Peter Walton and Christine Davies, team members at Gracewell of Kentford, have returned from the trip of a lifetime, representing Gracewell Healthcare and the local Newmarket Rotary Club at the Mega Polio Campaign in India – fighting to eradicate the disease in the country for good.
Peter, Gracewell of Kentford’s Home Manager and Christine Davies, the Home Admissions Advisor, travelled to India to assist in giving vital lifesaving polio drops to thousands of children under the age of five. The pair joined 64 volunteers from 7 different countries, including the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, Mexico, the Netherlands and India, raising awareness of polio and the immunisation project.
Reaching rural villages in Agra, Christine and Peter worked with volunteers to immunise over 2,000 babies and children. They also had the opportunity to visit two local schools, which are supported by the Rotary Club, and to meet with the children.
Christine, who has worked at Gracewell of Kentford for over two and a half years, is a member of the Rotary Club of Newmarket for Business Development, which led her and Peter to their latest humanitarian venture. The Rotary Club aims to raise money to help the local community and support projects around the world, including Safe Drinking Water and Eradicating Polio.
Peter, who has been with the home for over a year and a half, is a registered nurse and has previously travelled the world with the RAF and the army. Having visited the Rotary Club with Christine, he too was motivated to make a difference by joining the campaign.
Since becoming a member of the Rotary Club, Gracewell of Kentford has also played a key part in working with the club to launch a community Cognitive Stimulation Therapy group, as well as working alongside the Newmarket Mental Health Team.
As it stands, India has now been polio free for two years, and if this is achieved for a final consecutive year, the country will be officially declared as free from polio.
Christine Davies, Home Admissions Advisor at Gracewell of Kentford said:
“Words cannot describe how grateful Peter and I are to have had this amazing opportunity and to experience what we have. An education and health are things that we take for granted every day in the UK and all of the children we met were so appreciative.
“I can honestly say that we have made a big difference to many people’s lives and if India stay free of new diagnosis’ in 2018, they will have officially eradicated polio. We are so very proud to have been part of this project and to work for Gracewell, which is such a caring company who have allowed us to make a difference not only in our day to day roles, but in a different country in need.”