Gratitude to Peterborough couple for decades of help to people affected by Chernobyl disaster

John and Rosie Sandall receiving their certificate with Dr Nikolay Detskiy and Dr Raisa Sokor
John and Rosie Sandall receiving their certificate with Dr Nikolay Detskiy and Dr Raisa Sokor
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The “kindness and mercy” of a Peterborough couple has been recognised for their dedicated charity work in Ukraine.

John (67) and Rosie Sandall (65) of Longthorpe recently returned from their 39th trip to Ukraine where they help people following the world’s worst nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.

While they were in the city of Chernigov they were presented with an official certificate of thanks by the authorities at the Zelany Huy (Green Wood) Sanatorium which is their main project in Ukraine.

The certificate was presented by Dr Nikolay Detskiy and Dr Raisa Sokor, head doctor and deputy at the sanatorium, and it commends the couple for their “kindness and mercy” to sick children and for converting a government sanatorium into “a warm and cosy home.”

John and Rosie, who were presented with the Freedom of the City of Peterborough awards in 2007 to mark their charity work, also support many people with severely disabled children as there is very little help available.

Their charitable work has even caught the attention of the Queen whose Lady-In Waiting Susan Hussey sent a letter to the couple which highlighted Her Majesty’s admiration for their work.

John and Rosie are now planning their 40th trip to the country in time for the Orthodox Christmas on January 7.

Rosie said: “We were honoured to receive the award. It gives us great pleasure to see how things have improved at the sanatorium due to our help.

“We have just replaced all 100 beds and paid for complete decoration of the building. There is still much more work to do though. Many families rely on our help and look forward to our visits.”

John and Rosie are now collecting goods for their next fundraising sale which will be held at All Saints’ Church hall, Park Road, from 10am to noon on Saturday, October 17.

Any donations of household items, books, baby goods, toys etc can be delivered to 51 Apsley Way, Longthorpe, Peterborough.