Chernobyl kids get a taste of Tesco

A party of children from Belarus on the Chernobyl lifeline programme pictured during their visit to Hucknall's Tesco store on Tuesday, where they had a go at bread making, sampled fruit, vegetables and fish, and were invited to choose an outfit each and raid the sweet isle with the blessing of store manager David Reed
A party of children from Belarus on the Chernobyl lifeline programme pictured during their visit to Hucknall's Tesco store on Tuesday, where they had a go at bread making, sampled fruit, vegetables and fish, and were invited to choose an outfit each and raid the sweet isle with the blessing of store manager David Reed
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A party of children from Belarus visited Tesco in Hucknall to learn about healthy eating and sample some exotic foods, this week.

The 11-strong group is visiting the town as guests of the Hucknall’s Friends of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity, which has been hosting visits for 17 years.

The impact of the Chernobyl nuclear power station disaster in 1986 was 96 times greater than the Hiroshima atomic bomb and its effects are still being felt in the region today.

Big-hearted Hucknall families host the youngsters for a month to give them a respite from their homeland and improve their health.

Tesco fishmonger Dave Marriott said: “We had a fruit tasting session where the children sampled things like kiwi-fruit that they have never tasted before.

“We have a scratch bakery where we bake with flour and the kids baked their own bread and took it home when they left.

“I taught them about all sorts of different fish and we had a deli-tasting where they sampled different cooked meat and olives. I was quite surprised - they were very knowledgeable about fish!”

And store manager David Reed is set to give each of the children an outfit and flowers for the host families next Monday.

Fundraising co-ordinator Kim Challand said: “The most important thing is that we are getting them away from Belarus and away from the radiation. It is not 100 per cent proven but since the start of this project the life expectancy of the children has increased by two years for every month they spend with us.”

During their stay, the children will be educated at Hucknall’s National Primary School, pay visits to opticians for eye tests and to doctors and dentists for health checks.

Anyone interested in becoming a Chernobyl host should call 0115 9639434.