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Youngsters affected by the Chernobyl disaster visit the Staffordshire Moorlands

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 28, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

The Ukranian youngsters and their parents.

The Ukranian youngsters and their parents.

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Youngsters from Ukraine have enjoyed a visit to a scenic Staffordshire Moorlands tourist spot.

The group of youngsters, all aged six, along with their parents recently enjoyed activities at Rudyard Lake, near Leek.

For the past 18 years John and Julie Gater, along with their colleagues from Endon, have been organising visits from Chernobyl, the site of a nuclear disaster in 1986.

For most of those years Rudyard Lake has featured on their day trip programme.

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Ray Perry, from the Rudyard Lake League of Friends, said: "Doctors say that four weeks away from their contaminated homeland can boost a child's damaged immune system for up to two years.

"This year five boys, along with their parents and host families, enjoyed a splendid afternoon at Rudyard Lake, which has become a regular destination and supporter of all the good work of The Chernobyl Children's Project UK.

"The children enjoyed a ride on the Rudyard Lake Steam Railway, a boat trip sponsored by The League of Friends, along with a picnic, presents and face painting.

"We look forward to supporting the Chernobyl Children's Project in the future."

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  • Leek55  |  June 28 2014, 3:23PM

    Chernobyl happened in 1986, even the parents may have not been born. No one has lived near Chernobyl since that date. The article doesn't seem to add up

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