On 20 March 2008, Bradon Forest School students (Andrew Brown,
Matthew Chart, Iram Cowdell, Josh Hardy, Alex Hedger, Jack Hegarty, David Hillman, Sam Palmer, William Smith, Matthew Wisden and Ashley Yarranton) and staff (Mr Winward, Mrs Martin and Mr Leach) successfully completed a six miles sponsored walk around Avebury, raising money for Children of Chernobyl Life Line.
Sam Palmer researched and selected the Chernobyl charity as their cause and presented it to the group before their quest begun. In Chernobyl, Ukraine on 26 April 1986 the world's worst nuclear accident occurred when the Number Four RBMK reactor at the nuclear power plant exploded, creating a demolishing fire and releasing extreme amounts of radiation into the atmosphere. As a result of the accident, firemen and emergency workers died rescuing others, approximately 200,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes in contaminated areas and there has been at least 1800 documented cases of children with thyroid cancer. The Belarusian territory, populated by over 11 million people still remains contaminated to this day.
Chernobyl Children's Life Line offers respite holidays where children experience 'A Home from Home' four week stay with volunteer hosts. Sadly, the radiation has shortened the children's lifespan but it is said that the four week stay can lengthen a child's lifespan by a further two years, as it builds up the immune system and reduces the level of radioactive poisoning within their bodies. Matthew Wisden reflects on their experience of the sponsored walk; "it was really hard work, but when we consider what we've achieved, it was really worth it."
On 16 September 2008 Gin McGiffin, a host volunteer and the Chernobyl campaigner and chairperson for Swindon came into Bradon Forest School to receive the £130 pounds raised through the sponsored walk. When receiving the donation Gin explained how the £130 raised could pay for sponsorship of a child to be fed and go to kindergarten for a whole year.
More funds were raised during the non-school uniform day on 24 October 2008 as Mr Spiers kindly agreed to donate a third of the raised funds to go towards the Chernobyl Children's Life Line. This will be enough to pay for a child's airfare and transport transfers to come to England for a holiday of a lifetime, the chance to have new experiences and raise their wellbeing.
Thank you for your support, it really does make a difference.
If you would like to learn more about Chernobyl Children's Life Line do not hesitate to speak to Sam Palmer 11T or Gin McGiffin. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org