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    Chernobyl Aid

    Chernobyl Aid is a group of Years 7 & 8 and Year 12 students working with Miss R.Thompson, Humanities College & EIP co-ordinator & Mrs J.Bamford, Chair of the Chester, Deeside & Ellsmere Port link of the Chernobyl Children Lifeline The members of the above Charity are a group of people dedicated to bringing groups of children who have been affected by the world's worst nuclear accident to the UK for a 4-week recuperative holiday. These holidays help to build up their immune system, help to reduce the radiation in their bodies and return them with 2 years of life. The children will be in remission of different cancers and will come from the Ukraine near to where the accident at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station happened. CCL have been bringing groups of children since 1996. The children stay in groups of two with local families and are taken on organised trips 2/3 times a week. They also visit our school for one day. Local dentists and opticians provide free examinations, treatment and spectacles if the Children require them. Chester Lions every year provides the children with a ‘Welcome Pack’ which consists of trainers, pyjamas, socks, jumpers etc. These items are necessities not luxuries.


    Visit of Children from Belarus, March 2012

    Students at Upton-by-Chester High school have been busy fundraising for Chernobyl Children’s Life Line and hosting an exciting programme of activities for the visiting children. In preparation for the visit the Chernobyl Aid Action Team held a fundraising day, selling cakes and bracelets and encouraged students across the whole school to watch a short video in form time to raise awareness of the Chernobyl disaster. One of the students researched Russian phrases and delivered a lesson for members of the action team. Children from Belarus, which received over 70% of the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear explosion in April 1986, visited the school and spent the day with the Chernobyl Aid Action Team. Students took part in Science activities and Design and Technology classes. Year 11 students and the food technology department prepared a wonderful meal for the students and staff. Dance sessions were led by Upton-by-Chester High School dance leaders. One student said “spending time with the kids from Chernobyl has been great!”. Students from the team purchased bilingual storybooks for the children and also took the students for a fun day out to Manchester United and Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. Students attended the farewell party at the Bishops House in Chester. June Banford, Chairperson of Chester, Ellesmere Port and Deeside Link for Chernobyl Children’s Life Line commented “As always Upton-by-Chester High School provided our children, all in remission from cancer, with a super day. We danced, took part in science lessons, made keyrings, had a home cooked meal and a tour of the excellent facilities. We left with books in Russian and English, an enormous cheque raised by the school and wonderful memories”. Students will begin to plan activities and fundraising for next year’s visit and look forward to welcoming a new group of children.


    Visit of Children from Belarus, July 2011

    Students at Upton-by-Chester High School raised £750 pounds for the charity Chernobyl Children’s Life Line and purchased bilingual story books for their visitors. Children from Belarus, which received over 70% of the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear explosion in April 1986, visited the school and spent the day with the Chernobyl Aid Action Team. Students took part in Art and Dance activities and had a wonderful lunch with the Food Technology department. Dance sessions were led by Upton-by-Chester High School 6th formers.

    One student said: “It was a great day and we enjoyed meeting the children from Chernobyl and spending time with them”. June Bamford, Chairperson of Chester, Ellesmere Port and Deeside Link for Chernobyl Children’s Life Line commented “As always Upton-by-Chester High School provided our children, all in remission from cancer, with a super day. We danced, we had expert art tuition, a home cooked meal and a tour of the excellent facilities. We left with books in Russian and English, an enormous cheque raised by the school and wonderful memories”.

    Students will begin to plan activities and fundraising for next year’s visit and look forward to welcoming a new group of children.

    Thank you to all involved in preparations for this very successful day.

    CHERNOBYL AID WELCOMES CHILDREN FROM BELARUS

    YOUNG VISITORS FROM BELARUS SPEND DAY AT SCHOOL