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Mr Fothergill’s seeds for Chernobyl charity

Some of the veg grown in the Ukraine with Rosie Sandall, right. Picture; Mr Fothergill's
Some of the veg grown in the Ukraine with Rosie Sandall, right. Picture; Mr Fothergill's

Donation of vegetable seeds to Chernobyl Children’s Appeal

Mr Fothergill’s has donated vegetable seeds to the Chernobyl Children’s Appeal, which supports families of victims of the world’s worst nuclear power accident, which happened in the former USSR in April 1986.

The charity, set up by Peterborough couple John and Rosie Sandall, supplies goods to families and their fundraising has built a sanatorium.

The couple has visited the affected area twice a year for the last two decades.

The disaster, which took place in the Ukraine, is thought to have killed thousands directly and indirectly, although precise figures are difficult to establish, and its after-effects are still being felt.

Four hundred times more radioactive material was released from Chernobyl than by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Mr Fothergill's Ukraine
Seeds supplied for this year’s harvest by Mr Fothergill’s. Picture; Mr Fothergill’s

Mr Fothergill’s has been giving vegetable seeds to the cause for four years, with tomatoes, squashes, and cucumbers being particularly popular with the families who grow them wherever they can in their gardens.

Chernobyl’s continental climate means temperatures can range from 35°C in summer to well below 0°C in winter, which can be challenging for vegetable growers.

Mr Fothergill’s David Turner said: “We are delighted to play a part in the great work Rosie and John continue to do for the people of Chernobyl, who are still in need 30 years after the shocking incident.”

For more information on Mr Fothergill’s range, or to request a catalogue, visit www.mr-fothergills.co.uk, telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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