Our Story

Once upon a time, not so long ago (well actually around 35 years ago!), Sue and Debbie met at a Surgical conference. Our paths were to cross again many times after.

Sue’s career was largely in the operating theatre and Debbie’s was more on the spiritual side. Then paradoxically, they met again at various Rotary functions. Both shared a great interest in ending Polio world-wide and both had been to Delhi on a National Immunisation Day event… but at separate times!

And then a year ago they met again over a glass of wine and some scrumptious ham egg and chips. Sue was looking to pen a series of children’s stories and planned to set up a not for profit website, and Debbie wanted to raise money for End Polio Now, (a Rotary charity), with her poetry.

An idea was born.

It was fortuitous that the next 5 things happened:
Sue set out on a journey to create the perfect, all-singing-all-dancing website. But it was no mean feat, and definitely not as easy as they make it out to be, indeed impossible!
Another day, over another bottle of wine, they made some important decisions about how the site might look and that they would endorse End Polio Now for 2 years.
Debbie was offered a great children’s book that is already illustrated, to give away as a free download. This will appear with Bonus Material on the Green Ink Book Website very shortly.
Developers Nigel, Frankie and Peter, illustrator Simon and editor Sandra joined the happy band and seven children also showed an interest in writing book reviews. Suddenly we had become a team of 7+7 =14 A truly magic number!
Sue completed her first children’s book

Supporting ‘End Polio Now’

‘End Polio Now’ is an important and effective charity that may well be responsible for finally ending Polio world-wide. Bill Gates has been associated with its success for years by trebling all donations given. Thus, a donation of £1,000 will become £3,000 thanks to Mr Gates and the Rotary organisation’s involvement.

Since 1985, Rotary’s key humanitarian priority has been to rid the world of polio. Rotary spearheaded the campaign at a time when there were over 1,000 cases a day in 125 countries, paralysing and even killing children. Today, the number of cases is down by 99.9%. To find out more, please look at the Website: www.endpolio.org

All founder members of Green Ink Books are committed to giving some or all of their profits, from writing, to charity and we trust that new members who join us, or professionals who help us or indeed anyone who benefits from Green Ink Books financially, will be able to do the same.

Meet the man who invented the Polio vaccine

Albert Bruce Sabin, MD

Albert Bruce Sabin, who was born in Bialystok (Poland) in 1906.

First reported on April 25, 2020, … ‘27 years ago today, a doctor who decided not to patent his vaccine so that all pharmaceutical companies could manufacture it and offer it to children around the world’.

‘The Jewish physician and virologist, known for discovering the polio vaccine, gave up the patent money, allowing it to be given to everyone, including the poor’.

‘Between 1959 and 1961, millions of children from eastern countries, Asia and Europe were vaccinated: the polio vaccine suppressed the epidemic’.

He said:
′′Many insisted on patenting the vaccine, but I didn’t want to. It is my gift to all children in the world“.

And that was his will.