CHILDREN from Chernobyl affected by the nuclear disaster in 1986 have visited Little Sutton Methodist Church.
The church has been hosting lunches for children who live close to the scene of the catastrophe for the last ten years.
This year 18 children from Stolin in Belarus along with two leaders visited.
Bringing children to England, out of the affected zone, boosts the children’s immune systems for at least two years, helping them to resist or recover from serious illness.
In the summer, when the dust causes radiation levels to rise, it is important for as many children as possible to leave their contaminated homeland for a few weeks of fresh air and clean food.
It can also significantly reduce the amount of radioactive caesium which has built up in a child’s body.
Belarus received more than 70% of the radioactive fallout from the explosion and as a result thousands born every year are affected or go on to develop thyroid cancer, bone cancer and leukaemia.
The children have been on a month-long visit to Cheshire and Wirral ending on July 2.
Sainsbury’s and Asda contributed to the lunch they enjoyed in Little Sutton, where the church raised more than £1,000 for the visit and toward bringing more children here next year.