• Wool Hat donation

    By Mike Allison on Tue, 10th February 2015

    Last week I got a call from Bob Banks of the Guiseley and District Lions to advise that he had an offer of 2000 woollen hats. These are the Thermal type that fits all sizes and will be absolutely brilliant for the kids in Belarus.  Delivery was arranged and  we took them into our Thorpe Willoughby warehouse and have sent several boxes already to Alan Wade at Stockton on Tees  and Dave Cox at Buxton in Derbyshire to be packed for the next convoy.  I understand that the supplying company wishes to remain anonymous so I send our grateful thanks to both them and the Guiseley Lions for such a useful gift that will bring happiness to so many children.

  • Launch Day report.

    By Mike Allison on Tue, 10th February 2015

    Last Sunday 8th February we welcomed almost 70 people to our Launch Day at the Community Centre in Monk Fryston in Yorkshire.  Half of those attending were aid team members with the balance being invited guests.  The centre is very modern, spacious and an ideal venue for such an occasion and with bright sunny spring like weather all things looked promising and we were not disappointed.  All were welcomed with a glass of wine (or two) and enjoyed a splendid hot meal of homemade Lasagne, salad and baked potatoes followed by a variety of sweet choices.

    A presentation followed and covered a potted history of Belarus and the Aid Teams previous 15 years of making their 50 convoys to assist the less fortunate people in that country.  With our new charity now formally registered with the charity commission this was an event to celebrate and to show our intent on continuing our work with our next convoy of four vehicles due to leave in late March.

    The event attracted the media and we featured in a radio interview at 8am on the day with Radio York and then Katie from BBC Look North came to film and interview and we were featured on the Look North slot that evening.

    Those attending had the opportunity to donate and we are very grateful for their contributions many of which are gift aided which means that the charity can reclaim 25p in the £pound should the donor be a tax payer.  Over £2000 was raised on the day and envelopes are still being received.  Many thanks to you all.

    We are proud as a team that all our members are volunteers and I can report that all the cost of the event – wine – food- Raffle prizes, set up costs  etc were sponsored by  individual members and that all donations will go directly towards the delivery of aid to the sick, disabled children and adults in Belarus.



  • New badges available.

    By Mike Allison on Mon, 02nd February 2015

    We have taken delivery of the new design badges  for fleeces, T shirts etc and these are available to members at £5 each either by post to The Wickets or they will be available at the launch day 8th February.

    Cheques to: Chernobyl Aid UK.

  • Stop Press! Shetland Pony Grand National – date for the diary.

    By Mike Allison on Sun, 01st February 2015

    Alan Wade, Trustee is planning with his Rotary Club a fund raising day on 22nd August 2015 (Saturday) at Ouston Moor Farm,  Stockton on Tees. It promises to be a super day out with loads of activities for the whole family.  More details later.

  • How it all happenned

    By Mike Allison on Thu, 22nd January 2015


    The Aid Team 1999 to date.

    For over 15 years the Aid Team has worked with the charity Chernobyl Children’s Project UK, (CCP (UK) delivering a wide range of aid to support the sick and disabled children and adults in Belarus.

    This entailed making over 50 convoys and over 1500 tonnes of aid.   In the summer of 2013 the charity, CCP (UK), intimated that they needed to channel all their resources to their projects in Belarus.   These projects include homes for disabled children, support for children’s hospices, fostering programmes and a major training initiative for those that cater for the sick and disadvantaged.

    Our Aid Team made the decision to seek funding through sponsorship and events to prepare for a final CCP (UK) convoy in April 2014 when six vehicles and a team of 12 made the journey to the city of Gomel in the east of Belarus to make the delivery.

    Two months later twenty one members of the Aid Team met in Selby to discuss what, if any, future activity we should undertake.  Do we disband or do we form our own independent charity?

    June 2014 21 Aid team members voted unanimously to form a new charity
    June 2014 Trustees, Chair, Treasurer and wider committee formed.  Constitution agreed and signed.
    June to date During this period the work of aid collection and fund raising continued unabated towards our planned large convoy for April 2015.
    July 4th 2014 Initial registration application forwarded to the Charity Commission.
    November 10th 2014 Registration confirmed: We are Chernobyl Aid UK reg. No. 1159179.
    November 28th 2014 Our first vehicle leaves for Belarus with 11 tonnes of aid on a 12 day round journey
    January 2015 Launch of our Website, Information leaflets, Facebook page and Twitter account
    February 8th 2015 Our official ‘Launch Day’ of the new charity.  Invitations have been sent to sponsors, suppliers of aid, the media, local councillors and Aid Team members
    April 2015 A four vehicle convoy will leave for Belarus