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Chernobyl children given treats from John Lewis during Norfolk stay

PUBLISHED: 09:37 25 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:37 25 June 2015

Photo of the Belarussian children wearing their new jackets.

Photo of the Belarussian children wearing their new jackets.

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Children from the area still affected by the Chernobyl disaster were treated to drinks and cakes from John Lewis in Norwich as part of their month-long trip to Norfolk.

The eight Belarusian children dined in the store’s Place to Eat restaurant, and were also given a warm jacket each which they will take home to combat the cold winters.

Thanks to the work of the Friends of Chernobyl’s Breckland branch, children have been coming to stay with families in Norfolk for the past four years, which gives them the opportunity to get a break from the devastating effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

The area still struggles to cope with contaminated food and water, and many children suffer from health conditions as a result of the disaster.

Ali Rowland, community liaison co-ordinator at John Lewis, Norwich, said: “We are pleased to be able to support the great work that the Friends of Chernobyl Breckland branch do, and it’s great to be able to provide the children with something that will be really useful to them when they arrive back home.”

An explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Ukraine, released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western part of the Soviet Union and parts of Europe.

Email your fundraising events to george.ryan@archant.co.uk Children from the area still affected by the Chernobyl disaster were treated to drinks and cakes from John Lewis in Norwich as part of their month-long trip to Norfolk.

The eight Belarusian children dined in the store’s Place to Eat restaurant, and were also given a warm jacket each which they will take home to combat the cold winters.

Thanks to the work of the Friends of Chernobyl’s Breckland branch, children have been coming to stay with families in Norfolk for the past four years, which gives them the opportunity to get a break from the devastating effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

The area still struggles to cope with contaminated food and water, and many children suffer from health conditions as a result of the disaster.

Ali Rowland, community liaison co-ordinator at John Lewis, Norwich, said: “We are pleased to be able to support the great work that the Friends of Chernobyl Breckland branch do, and it’s great to be able to provide the children with something that will be really useful to them when they arrive back home.”

An explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Ukraine, released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western part of the Soviet Union and parts of Europe.

Email your fundraising events to george.ryan@archant.co.uk

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