On 26th April it will be exactly 30 years since the nuclear reactor exploded in Chernobyl. Chernobyi is in the Ukraine but due to the prevailing south-easterly wind that day, most of the nuclear fall out occurred in nearby Belarus and beyond (even parts of the UK were affected). To date this is the most serious nuclear accident to have taken place and the consequences are still being felt today. Comparatively higher numbers of cancer and other related health issues are found among the local population in Belarus.
In 1995, the Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK) was set up by Linda Walker. As well as its focus on raising the level of opportunities for children and young people with disabilities in Belarus, by establishing homes to meet their needs, providing training for carers and professionals, support for families, and hospice care, CCP has hosted more than 5,000 children in the UK since 1995, mainly for recuperative holidays.
CCP (UK) operates through some ten centres that work locally, hosting groups of children/mothers and children and actively fundraising. Locally, our Endon and Stoke on Trent branch is celebrating its 20th anniversary. John and Julie Gater, who set up this group, have worked ceaselessly as coordinators, stimulating many to become involved as host parents and experience the joy of seeing these kids blossom after a few weeks in an uncontaminated environment, with good food and uninhibited fun.
For the 30th commemoration of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, many events, including concerts and conferences, are being organized nationally and worldwide. Locally we are inviting a group of four mothers and their young children (all in remission from cancer) to coincide with this anniversary. They will be staying with local families and an exiting programme of activities is being planned.
The guests will be in Endon/Stoke between 10th April and 1st May and will be accompanied by Valentina, a very experienced and well-liked interpreter.
For more information please contact Julie Gater on 01782 535000 or 07816 842 322.