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Chernobyl Children Visit Chesterfield FC

1 August 2016

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A group of children from Belarus affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster last week visited the Proact and were given a special guided tour of the home of CFC.

The Chernobyl tragedy happened 30 years ago in northern Ukraine, but the affects and devastation brought by the disaster live on and as a result thousands of children in Belarus, which received 70% of the explosion's radioactive fallout, are born every year with, or go on to develop, diseases such as thyroid cancer, bone cancer and leukaemia.

As part of their trip to the UK, the group visited the Crooked Spire in town and the football club, where they met Spireites player Tommy Lee who was able to talk to the children and pose for photos.

Pete Whiteley from the CFC Community Trust spoke about the visit: "The actual organisation has been bringing chrildren over for 20 years or so now, but it's only since we've been at the Proact that they've also been coming to see us.

"This is the sixth time they've been along and we think it's fantastic that we can support these youngsters in this way because the area where they come from in Belarus has never recovered from the disaster 30 years ago.

"It's brilliant that they can come over here for a month and the football club and the Trust can support them by bringing them here for a day, along with our partners from the Co-op who make it possible.

"They were very excited, I don't know what kind of scale of football they have near them in Belarus but they were very impressed by what they found here.

"It's a wonderful thing we can do for these youngsters."

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