Chernobyl children have fun and fresh air

Russian children and their host families were treated at Luppy's Diner.
Russian children and their host families were treated at Luppy's Diner.

Children from Belarus left with happy faces and full stomachs after visiting Morley this week.

Luppys Diner in Queen Street hosted a special day for children who were in remission from cancer, contracted due to radiation from the 1986 Chernobyl fallout.

Owners of the diner Christopher and Mark Lupton invited the 12 children and the host families’ children to a treat of an American-style lunch in the diner. They had the chance to explore authentic American police cars, which were parked in Queen Sreet

The trip was organised by the Leeds branch of the Chernobyl Children’s Project which was set up in 1996 to help children affected by the fallout from the catastrophic explosion of a nuclear reactor in Chernobyl in 1986.

A similar trip, involving 10 children, was organised last year and Diana Taylor from the project paid tribute to Christopher and Mark for helping out once again.

“Last year the children who visited thoroughly enjoyed the experience,” she said. “The charity is not as well known as some others, but is very deserving. This year we brought 12 youngsters in remission from cancer due to radiation from Chernobyl to the Leeds area for 4 weeks for recuperation.

“We arrange as many activities as possible for them, to ensure that they take home good memories and an improved immune system.”

Radiation levels in Belarus are still high and will remain so for many years to come.

This results in a high level of cancer, leukaemia and other medical conditions amongst children and adults alike. As well as providing recuperative holidays for children in remission, the charity also buys much- needed medicines for the Children’s Cancer Hospital in Minsk and supports the Children’s Hospice Movement.

For more details on the Chernobyl Children’s Project, visit the website at