Children of Chernobyl enjoy Chesterfield stadium tour

ChesNW'James Knight, Manager of Midlands Co-operative Society's Holme Hall foodstore pictured with interpreter Yuliya Shulhina and children Palina Yudo (8) and Maryia Salamykina
ChesNW'James Knight, Manager of Midlands Co-operative Society's Holme Hall foodstore pictured with interpreter Yuliya Shulhina and children Palina Yudo (8) and Maryia Salamykina

FROM Chernobyl to Chessie - with a bit of help from the Co-op.

A party of children whose lives have been blighted by radiation as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 have been taking a look around Chesterfield’s new B2 Net Stadium, courtesy of the Midlands Co-operative Society.

Tanya Noon, member relations officer for the Northern region, said: “We co-ordinated tours for 14 children and one of their teachers from Belarus and their host families, which include both adults and children who look after them during their one-month stay in our area.

“We’ve supported the charity on a number of occasions by making donations and helping towards fundraising.

“We hope that this latest event provided the children with some wonderful memories to take back home.”

Richard Street, of Chernobyl Children Life Line, said the regular visits had improved the children’s health.

He added: “It’s wonderful and important that the Co-operative is able to support our work in the way it does.

“In 2011 we can look back with great sadness over the past 25 years and reflect on the devastating consequences left by this horrific disaster, but also look back with great pride over the past 15 years at the help given by the people of our area either as hosts or as supporters.

“More than 300 children have come here and received the opportunity of improved health.”