Take part to raise money for Chernobyl victims

Published on: 05 Nov 2015

TWO events have helped boost the coffers to support young people living in the shadow of the Chernobyl disaster.
Every year the Bristol link of the charity Chernobyl Children’s Life Line holds events to raise £10,000 so that children from Belarus can visit Bristol.
The first, a new event for the charity, was a tea dance held at Christchurch Hall in Downend on October 4.
It was arranged by Peter Naish, the link’s vice chairman and ballroom dance enthusiast.
Alan Elkan, link publicity officer, said: “A total of 40 people enjoyed popular ballroom and Latin dances as well as sequence ones. It was a thorough success, with some asking when the next will be! £232 was raised.”
The following Saturday saw the return of the popular annual quiz night, again held at Christchurch Hall and organised by Mr Naish.
Alan said this event, which included a ploughman’s supper, raised a whopping £991: “As usual, the hall was full, with 15 teams and over 120 ‘Brainiacs’ taking part.”
A further fundraising event - a 4.5 mile walk from Iron Acton - is due to take place this Saturday (October 31) and there is still time to take part.
The terrain is mainly flat but includes 31 stiles. It starts and ends at the White Hart Inn, Iron Acton, BS37 9UG.
Adults pay £3 and under 18s £1.50. Sponsorship forms are available by contacting organiser Rod Gill on 0117 960 1427 or emailing jrgill168@yahoo.co.uk.
If you would like lunch at the inn, let Rod know so he can book numbers.
The charity works to arrange for young people to visit the UK for recuperative breaks of four weeks. A month spent here considerably improves their resistance to disease and illness.
The catastrophic Chernobyl disaster on April 26 1986 was caused after a nuclear power plant blew up after a failed experiment.
During the accident, 31 people died but the long-term effects, including cancer, weakened immune system and deformities, exist to this day.

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