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30 Years since the Chernobyl Disaster.. April 26 th will be the 30 th Anniversary of the disaster at Chernobyl in Northern Ukraine, which scattered high levels of radioactivity across Belarus and then on over Europe and much of the world. Without the bravery and sacrifice of the ‘liquidators’ who put out the fires and dived under the reactor to prevent a further explosion, it could have been so much worse, leaving much of Europe uninhabitable. This is a monument to their courage near to Chernobyl. ..but the children of Belarus need our support as much as ever! 30 years is the half-life of caesium-137. Scientists say it takes ten half-lives before a radioactive substance can be regarded as safe, so Belarus will be affected for a very long time to come. Only 10% of the genetic damage occurs in the first generation. Today babies are born with cancer because of damage which happened to their parents. Zahar was diagnosed with fourth stage lymph cancer at just two months old, but seems to be responding well to treatment. Many of the children in the care of our Home Hospice team in Gomel have genetic disorders. Not all will be linked to Chernobyl, but there has been a very significant rise in the numbers of children born with genetic disorders in recent years. In towns and cities all over Europe there will be events in March and April to mark the Chernobyl Anniversary and the fifth anniversary of Fukushima, which is a still unfolding disaster. You will be able to read about some of these events on the website of the International Chernobyl Network, of which CCP is a founder member. One of the events we have been helping to organise is a Conference in Manchester on the weekend of March 19 th . A host of exciting international speakers will examine the ongoing health effects of Chernobyl and Fukushima and put forward the alternatives to nuclear power. The Conference takes place at The Mechanics Institute and Further details are on our website, or get in touch with Linda at [email protected].

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30 Years since the Chernobyl Disaster.. April 26

th will be the 30

th Anniversary of the

disaster at Chernobyl in Northern Ukraine,

which scattered high levels of radioactivity

across Belarus and then on over Europe and

much of the world. Without the bravery and

sacrifice of the ‘liquidators’ who put out the

fires and dived under the reactor to prevent

a further explosion, it could have been so

much worse, leaving much of Europe

uninhabitable. This is a monument to their courage near to Chernobyl.

..but the children of Belarus need our support as much as ever!

30 years is the half-life of caesium-137. Scientists say it takes ten half-lives

before a radioactive substance can be regarded as safe, so Belarus will be

affected for a very long time to come.

Only 10% of the genetic damage occurs in the first generation. Today

babies are born with cancer because of damage

which happened to their parents. Zahar was

diagnosed with fourth stage lymph cancer at

just two months old, but seems to be

responding well to treatment.

Many of the children in the care of our Home Hospice team in Gomel have genetic

disorders. Not all will be linked to Chernobyl, but there has been a very significant

rise in the numbers of children born with genetic

disorders in recent years.

In towns and cities all over Europe there will be events in March and April to mark

the Chernobyl Anniversary and the fifth anniversary of Fukushima, which is a still

unfolding disaster. You will be able to read about some of these events on the

website of the International Chernobyl Network, of which CCP is a founder member.

One of the events we have been

helping to organise is a

Conference in Manchester on

the weekend of March 19th

. A

host of exciting international

speakers will examine the ongoing health effects of Chernobyl and Fukushima and put forward the alternatives

to nuclear power. The Conference takes place at The Mechanics Institute and Further details are on our website,

or get in touch with Linda at [email protected].

Autism Training in Gomel

In February Jacqui Wheble, from Pictor School,

spent time working with staff and young people at

Special School No 5 and Zhuravichi Orphanage. She

also gave training in autism, jointly with Dr Rashad

Nawaz from Pennine Care, to 40 participants, who

included psychiatrists, neurologists, teachers and

speech therapists. They talked about assessment, creating suitable

learning environments, behaviour

management and medical care for

autistic children, and stressed that psychiatric intervention is rarely needed.

Online Safety Project

Our Training Co-ordinator Geoff Wright is leading a

project in Gomel to teach parents, children and

teachers about how to stay safe on the internet.

Geoff has covered many safeguarding issues during

the training and there is great enthusiasm within the Education Department to roll this

training out across the region and beyond. We are grateful to the British Embassy for

funding this project, and very much hope they will consider funding a second year!

In Memory of Stuart Carmichael

We lost a great supporter of our charity in February when Stuart Carmichael passed away.

Stuart had been a long term member of our West Pennine Group and for several years its co-

ordinator. He and Jackie hosted many children in their home, stayed in touch with them and

were delighted to be invited to the wedding in Minsk of one the young people who had

appreciated their time in Littleborough. Before his illness he had also been an active and

enthusiastic member of the convoy team. Stuart was always willing to go the extra mile to help others and he

will be missed by many.

CONCERTS for CHERNOBYL Commemorating the 30

th Anniversary of the Nuclear Disaster

Musicians include Adrienne Pyne; Manchester Community Choir

John LeGrove; Zoe Glossop Singer Songwriter Claire Mooney

Maria Rayner; Jeff Snowdon; Kalinka’ Balalaika Ensemble

Peak Performers; Dark Peak Trust

Readings from Voices from Chernobyl’ Readings from Voices from Chernobyl’

by Svetlana Alexeivitch by Svetlana Alexeivitch

7.30pm Saturday April 9th 2.30pm Saturday April 23rd

Glossop Parish Church, Old Glossop Friends Meeting House, Manchester

Recuperative Holidays Summer 2016

During April a group of five year old children and their mothers

will come to stay with families in our Endon and Stoke on

Trent Group. All the children are in remission from cancer and

the holiday will give a great boost to their health. These are

the children who came to stay in Endon last spring.

Most of our visiting children will come in the summer holidays

and almost all will be in remission from cancer.

A second group of small children and their mums will come to

Glossop; 13-15 year olds will stay in Solihull, with a fortnight at

Springfield School in Knowle; older teenagers will come to Endon & Stoke; and younger children will be invited

to Liverpool, Stafford and Gloucester. A group of children from villages in Gomel region will come to Leeds.

Ptich Holiday Camp

We have lots of new volunteers

applying to go to Belarus this

summer.

But there is still time to apply if

you think you could spend two

weeks helping to organise

activities for children and

young people with disabilities

and making sure that they have a memorable holiday.

Have a look at our website to find out more or get in touch

with Samantha Shimwell, our lead volunteer at

[email protected]

As usual, we will have a group of experienced volunteers,

including teachers, care

workers and learning

support staff, who will

go to Zhuravichi to

spend time with the

children and young

people who do not get

the chance to go to the Holiday Camp. Lynne Murphy leads this group and

you can contact her at [email protected]

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We need your support! Come to one of our events! Wear a Purple Ribbon Badge! Put this

sticker in your car or window! And if you can - Make us a donation!

Please send me �Purple Ribbon Metal Badges �Car Stickers

£1 each; 4 for £3; or 10 for £6

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Name……………………………………………… Address ………………………………………………………………………………………….

……………………………………………..……… Postcode ……………………………….. Email ………………………………………………

Please post to Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK), Kinder House, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 7DL

Commemorative Dinner Oaklands Hall, Hyde, SK14 3DE

7 for 7.30pm Friday April 15th

Four course Meal £20 Tickets at The Peak of Health, Norfolk Street, Glossop or contact Mags and Ken Whiting 01457 865805

Staff at Lloyds Bank and Santander are once again supporting CCP with their

ANNUAL CHARITY BALL, DEVERE Hotel, Daventry. Friday June 10th Tickets £45. 3 Course meal, a band, raffle, auction and lots of surprises! Contact [email protected]

Local contacts:

Buxton & Longnor: Denis Moors – 01298 25727 Endon & Stoke on Trent: John & Julie Gater 07816 842322

Gloucester & Cheltenham: Helen Marcus – 01452 855890 Glossop: Mags and Ken Whiting - 01457 865805

Leeds: Nicola Morse – 01943 876966 Liverpool: Kevin Edwards – 07776 196526

Solihull: Kath Ruane - 0121 705 6724 Stafford: Margie Haslop – 01785 280080

Executive Director: Linda Walker 01457 863534 07976 653610 [email protected]

Training Co-ordinator: Geoff Wright 01206 514698 [email protected]

National Treasurer and Groups Co-ordinator: Catherine McElholm 07747 775218 [email protected]

Volunteers Co-ordinator: Lynne Murphy [email protected] Webmaster: Julie Gater: 07816 842322

Trustees and Management Team: John Gater, Mags Whiting, Denis Moors, Nigel Boulton, Linda Walker,

Cath McElholm, Julie Gater, Ken Whiting, Margie Haslop, Ingrid Boulton

Consultants: Peter Marks: Pharmacist; John Costello: Palliative Care Consultant;

Ian Fairlie: Consultant on Radiation in the Environment; Brian Bennett: Diplomatic Consultant

Published by Chernobyl Children's Project (UK) Registered Charity No.1059832. A non profit making company, limited by guarantee Registration No. 3220045 (England & Wales)

Registered Office: Kinder House, Fitzalan Street, Glossop, Derbyshire SK13 7DL