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Appeal for host families to help the Chernobyl Children's Project

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 16, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Group of Belorussian teenagers in Kibblestone with interpretors Ludmilla and Ira and accompanying doctor Ivan, August 2013.

  • Natalia with twin daughters Anya and Nastya, Rudyard, May 2013.

  • Ira, Dacha and Kaya, August 2013.

  • Ira, Katya and Dacha, August 2013.

  • Dacha, Katya and Ira: Fish and Chips, August 2013.

  • Natalia with her twin daughters Anya and Nastya, May 2013.

  • Natalia with twin daughters Anya and Nastya, breakfast in the garden, May 2013.

  • Natalia with twin daughters Anya and Nastya, Gladstone Pottery Museum, May 2013.

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AN APPEAL is being made for host families in the Staffordshire Moorlands to provide holiday accommodation for children who have been affected by a nuclear disaster.

The Chernobyl Children's Project Endon and Stoke Group has been inviting groups of children in remission of cancer to the UK for recuperative holidays since 1996.

Suzan Kerridge, a member of the group, said: "The consequences of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster are unfortunately still very real, the contamination is still ongoing, even after such a long period, and results in higher than normal incidences of cancer and other serious illnesses and deformities.

"A recuperative holiday in the UK gives the children a much needed boost to their damaged immune systems for up to two years."

Last year the Chernobyl Children's Project Endon and Stoke Group hosted five young children in remission, and their mums, in May and June for three weeks. Also in August the group hosted 17 teenagers for four weeks.

Suzan added: "We are looking for people who would like to welcome one mum and young child, for 10 days in May, or two teenagers, for two weeks in August. The mums and children spend the first half of their recuperative holiday with one family and then move on to a second family and the teenagers continue the second half as a group at Cicely Haugton's school.

Anyone interested is invited to contact Julie or John Gater, co-ordinators of the Endon Group since 1996, who can explain what is involved

They can be contacted on 01782 535000 or 07 816 842322.

Alternatively go online to www.chernobyl-children.org.uk/local-groups/endon-stoke.

The group's next meeting will be held on Friday, February 28, at 7.30pm at St Luke's Church in Endon.

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