September 2015 Newsletter
July 1st 2014 to June 30th 2015
After15 years of making aid deliveries to Belarus the team have just completed their first year as an independent charity. Deliveries of humanitarian aid were made in November 2014 and April and June this year. Two vehicles are due to leave on 23rd October, a third in late November and a four vehicles convoy is planned for April 2016
Our dynamic Fund raisers
Chernobyl Fun Day. In late August Alan and Vera Wade of Stockton on Tees and their team, supported by the Stockton Rotary International Committee, staged a Horse and Dog Show. The event also included ‘The Chernobyl Chase’ Two races featuring Shetland Ponies. Dodging the showers the day proved to be very popular with those taking part in the various sections requesting a similar day next year. Many donations received were gift aided and the total raised exceeded £3000 towards our funds..
Chernobyl Coffee Morning at Warslow Hall. Derbyshire.
Barbara and David Cox and our team from Longnor nr Buxton in Derbyshire organised this event.
Barbara writes…’The Chernobyl team felt enormously privileged that Mr Roger Pegg allowed them to hold a coffee morning at Warslow Hall on August 25th in aid of Chernobyl Aid (UK) and what a wonderful experience it turned out to be. The morning was warm and sunny, the Hall and gardens stunning and the view magnificent.
Mr Pegg kindly permitted guests the use of his elegant dining and sitting rooms where they could sit and enjoy the furnishings, old family photographs, gorgeous flower arrangements and let their imaginations run wild. Gift Aided donations from many of those attending raised a total of over £3600.
Margaret Miles staged her monthly coffee morning at the Church Fenton Methodist Chapel in September and raised some £250 for our convoy funds on this occasion. Margaret has raised over £40000 for charities over the years and we have benefitted several times in the past.
Rogachev Family Association.
“Our members are 120 families each with a disabled child and we support many other families who live in very difficult situations. Your support makes a tremendous difference to their lives and we are very grateful to our British friends for your valued and continue support.”
The Gomel Diabetic Association.
“With over 1000 children and adults depending on our support the aid we receive from your convoys is vital. The families have very little money or support from our authorities. After spending our money on medicines etc. it leaves very little left for basic items”.
Gomel Regional Education Department “The aid you bring especially the Ikea items, Paint , and sports equipment have allowed us to open summer camps for children in ‘socially threatening situations’. Without your help this would not have been possible and we are very grateful to our friends from UK”
The charity ‘Health Hope and Help’ have similarly delivered aid to Belarus for over 15 years and due to ill health among their senior members they have decided reluctantly to cease their operation. We were indeed fortunate to receive a cheque for £1100 from their remaining funds with their best wishes for our continued success.
Many thanks from the Aid Team to all our supporters and valued sponsors whose donations make our convoys possible.