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IT is 25 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, but children who were not even born at the time of the explosions are still suffering the effects of radioactive contamination.

Last night a special service took place in Newcastle to remember all those involved in the disaster.

And North East families are also trying to provide a lifeline to the children of Chernobyl by having them to stay.

The disaster on April 26, 1986, when reactor number four exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant became the worst disaster in the history of nuclear power, as the explosion and resultant fire scattered radioactively-contaminated fallout over a wide area.

Cramlington woman Brenda Dinsdale, 63, jointly set up Chernobyl Continuity 13 years ago to provide Belarussian teenagers a respite break here in the North East.

Parts of Belarus, which neighbours Ukraine, were enveloped by a radiation cloud.

After the trips were stopped, they are now being organised again and Brenda is now looking for 10 families who will volunteer to host these youngsters.

A trip to England is hugely beneficial to the as it helps improve the youngsters' immune system.

We applaud Brenda's unstinting and generous support of these children and quite rightly she has been given numerous awards for her work.

The generosity of Geordies is well documented and we hope local people will respond to Brenda's appeal.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Apr 16, 2011
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