Beth Saffer helps young victims of Chernobyl

By Candice Krieger, July 15, 2010

Manchester's Beth Saffer is doing her bit to help disadvantaged children in Belarus.

The 24-year-old, who studied Russian at Birmingham University, is a project co-ordinator at the charity Chernobyl Children's Project UK.

The organisation, based in Glossop, Derbyshire, works with Belarusian children, putting on summer camps to bring them to the UK for recuperative holidays. It also supports families of children with cancer and disabilities.

Ms Saffer is currently gearing up for the next summer camp, which takes place on July 19 and runs for three weeks.

She tells People: "When I was studying Russian I spent some time in Minsk getting to know the Jewish community there.

"When I came back I was looking for volunteer work to do and got in touch with the Chernobyl Children's charity."

Ms Saffer, who grew up in Didsbury, works full time on the project. She visits Belarus around three times a year. The charity also provides medicines for the cancer hospital in Minsk and support for the city's hospice, in addition to a palliative care team based in Gomel.

They also arrange training which helps to get children out of institutions and into local foster families, and facilitate educational exchange visits for health, social care and education professionals.

Last updated: 10:20am, July 15 2010