Remember Chernobyl

A candlelit memorial will take place in Wirksworth to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Chernobyl Children’s Life Line (CCLL) will host the commemorative candle vigil on the eve of the anniversary in Stoney Wood.

Organisations and churches of all denominations will come together at 8pm on Monday, April 25 in a union of prayer and reflection.

At 9pm 25 people holding 25 individual candles will form a human 25.

Chris Broome, chairman of the Bonsall link of the CCLL, said: “This will not be a day of celebration; it will however be a unique opportunity to remind the world that this is a tragedy that will forever haunt the children of these three countries.”

For more information about the event contact Chris Broome on 07900 330209.

and then all join together at 9:00pm to create . Purple ribbons will be worn as a mark of respect to remember those families who lived in the ‘purple zones’, those areas that were heavily contaminated and who had to leave their homes, towns and villages, never to be able to return.

Groups across Europe are gathering together simultaneously on the eve of the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, 25th April 2011, to create a memorial in candles.

who grow up in the contaminated environment that is the legacy of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.”

At 8:00pm at Stoney Wood, in Wirksworth, Chris Broome, the chairman of the Bonsall Link of the national charity, a commemorative candle vigil. During the evening we will find out more about the disaster and how we can help those affected, see

At 1.23am on the 26th April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in northern Ukraine, two explosions at reactor no. 4 spread a cloud of radioactivity, which poured from the destroyed reactor core for ten days. The resultant fallout which spread across all of Europe, including the UK, and beyond was over 90 times greater than that of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. The affects today, 25 years on, are still devastating to the people of Ukraine, Belarus and western Russia. These three countries bore the brunt of the fallout with over 80% of the radiation released into the atmosphere contaminating these countries. Country borders are no barrier to radiation. As a result, over 1.5 million children in Belarus alone are today still at increased risk of contracting cancer or leukaemia along with many other radiation related health conditions such as heart, lung and liver diseases.

Additional Information

Chris Broome has been the chairman of the Bonsall Link of the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line for eight years. Each year, the group arrange for around 12 children and a leader from Belarus and Ukraine to stay with families living in the Derbyshire Dales area for four weeks of respite from the radiation of their homeland. The impact of these visits goes far beyond the time the children are here in the UK and according to some doctors, can increase the children’s life expectancy by two years. In any event, the respite holiday reduces the levels of radiation in their bloodstream by up to 50% and also allows their immune systems damaged by radiation, to recover.

‘Voices from Chornobyl’ (Chornobyl being the Ukrainian spelling) is a play inspired by the book “Voices From Chornobyl” by Svetlana Alexievich and was first performed in Los Angeles in 2005. Lee Stephens of Bonsall will act and direct our production along with five other local volunteer actors.

The Mayors of Matlock and Wirksworth have been invited to the commemoration, as has the Bishop of Repton.

If the weather is wet or very windy then the Vigil will take place in St. Mary’s Church of England, in Wirksworth.