Fund-raiser to help young nuclear radiation victims

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A soup lunch will be held in Clitheroe this weekend to help fund annual trips to the Ribble Valley for children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear power station disaster.

There will be soup, bacon butties and home-made cakes at the event which will raise funds for the charity, The Friends of Chernobyl’s Children Clitheroe branch.

It will be held on Saturday, from 11-30am to 3 pm, at the United Reformed Church, Clitheroe.

Since the mid-’90s, residents have been opening their hearts and homes to children from Belarus, an area hugely affected by fall-out from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power station disaster.

The charity has provided a lifeline to these youngsters organising annual trips to the Ribble Valley, which give them a chance to escape their home city’s contaminated atmosphere and improve their immune systems.

Just a month breathing “clean” air and eating good food during their visits to the Ribble Valley has been found to improve their health dramatically.