Martin Winward, one of the teachers at Bradon Forest school, is running a weekly Book Sale in aid of the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline charity. Each Friday, other staff members have been invited to donate or swap a book and have been asked to donate £1 for every swap they make. The aim is to raise enough money to fund a student place in July 2009, where a child from Belarus can visit Britain.
Chernobyl released more radioactive contamination than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined, producing more than 200 times the Caesium contamination of the two nuclear bombs.
Around 70 percent of the fallout settled in Belarus where more than 3,500 settlements, including 27 towns, and more than 2 million people were exposed to contamination. It's now 20 years since the accident and the true effects on the gene pool are very concerning.
Doctors estimate that children from Belarus can increase their life expectancy by two years by visiting Britain for one month. The fresh air and uncontaminated food and water has such a dramatic effect on their depleted immune systems. The Chernobyl Children's Lifeline is a national charity committed to offering the gift of hope to children affected by the world's worst nuclear power disaster.
The Chernobyl Children's Lifeline is one of the Bradon Forest supported charities for 2008/2009. Back in March 2008 a group of students raised £130 by completing a sponsored walk, and the school have also donated funds raised from non-school uniform days – approximately £300. The book sale is a way for staff who have been inspired by their students to get involved too. Martin Winward says: "Students, staff and the wider Bradon community have extended their efforts in practically demonstrating their efforts in raising funds to support the student exchange. The book swap was the idea presented by Year 11 students to coincide with World Book Week. We have extended the week to run through the month of March. I have it on good authority that cakes will also be available as well as a good ‘read’!"
The photos show staff members Dominic Waldron and Rachel Crerar swapping books, and Rachel and Lorna Wardrop perusing the stand.