Remembering Chernobyl 25 years on

VOLUNTEERS in Sheffield who host annual visits by children from Chernobyl will this weekend mark the 25th anniversary of the nuclear disaster.

They will stage an awareness day in Barkers Pool on Saturday from 10am and hold a vigil at noon. On Sunday, they are organising a run in Graves Park which will raise money for the charity, the Sheffield link of Chernobyl Children Lifeline, and they return to the park on Monday night for a human chain with 25 candles.

About 65 children, many with weakened immune systems as a result of contaminated soil, water and food, have come from Chernobyl to Sheffield over the past four years.

Local members of a national charity offer them a home for four weeks so they enjoy a break in the fresh air, have health checks and are taken on day trips to the seaside, parks and leisure centres and local attractions. The next group is due to visit in July.