Order of merit given for dedicated Peterborough charity work and support

John and Rosie with Dr Nickolay and  Dr Raisa. Photo supplied

John and Rosie with Dr Nickolay and Dr Raisa. Photo supplied

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A fundraising Peterborough couple have been honoured for their long and dedicated service to helping disabled children in Ukraine.

John and Rosie Sandall were surprised to receive the certificate of merit during their recent 38th trip to Chernigov.

The couple from Apsley Way, Longthorpe, Peterborough, support many families there who were affected by the world’s worst nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in 1986.

The certificate from Chernigov’s local authority was presented by Dr Nickolay, head doctor at the Sanatorium which John and Rosie support, for “dedicated service to the children of Chernigov over many years.”

Rosie said: “We were very honoured to receive the award. We’ve been visiting the Sanatorium since 1997 and we know how much the staff and children value our support.”

John (66) and Rosie (64) made their latest week-long trip to Ukraine while the country celebrated Christmas on 7 January.

During their visit, the couple visited all the families with disabled children whom they support.

One highlight was when they gave severely disabled Sergei (32), a great supporter of the British Royal Family, a letter from the Queen’s lady-in-waiting.

Rosie said: “The whole family wept tears of joy. It was very moving.”

The Sandalls’ next fundraising sale will be on Saturday, 18 April from 10am to noon at All Saints’ Church Hall, Park Road.

Items can now be delivered to 51 Apsley Way, Longthorpe, Peterborough, or call Marion Baxter on 01733 343478 for collection.