Pupils will get special talk on Chernobyl

Visitors from Belarus at Whitehill Community Primary School, Illingworth in 2012, as part of the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline Halifax / Bradford Link.
Visitors from Belarus at Whitehill Community Primary School, Illingworth in 2012, as part of the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline Halifax / Bradford Link.

Children across Calderdale will be taught about the Chernobyl disaster as part of an awareness week on the subject.

Alexander Zalevsky, a firefighter who tackled the disaster will visit local schools and talk to pupils about his experiences, while 13 children from Chernobyl will be coming over to stay with families in Halifax.

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker (Con) will also be holding a Chernobyl Heroes event in Westminster Hall later this month to update MPs on the problems of Chernobyl in 2013 and how it is effecting the second generation of children.

The week, which runs from April 21-28, will culminate with a concert at the Ukrainian Club attended by the Mayor of Calderdale, Coun John Hardy, with performances by two native dance groups and a one minute’s silence to mark the 27th anniversary of the incident.

Angela Bottomley, from the Halifax and Bradford Link charity, said: “The awareness week has been growing every year but this year will be the biggest yet.

“We bring children over here every summer for a recuperative holiday to stay with local families.

“They still live in radiation affected areas and the visit to the UK helps their immune systems and gives their young bodies a break from living in such a contaminated environment.

“Alexander will be visiting Old Earth Primary, Bolton Brow School, Ryburn Secondary School and meeting chemistry students at Brooksbank School as well as churches and rotary clubs.

“The concert will feature two Ukrainian dance groups, The Krylati and The Orlyk, and there will also be a raffle where the first prize is a week at a villa in Portugal for six people, so tt should be a great way to round off the week.”