One of the heroic firefighters who dealt with the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster will be the guest of honour at a County Durham church centre this month. For a number of years, St Paul’s Spennymoor, Whitworth Church and St John’s Kirk Merrington have supported the children affected by the disaster. Their work, part of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline appeal, brings children to the UK for a holiday and the churches have a commitment to raise a minimum of £1,000 a year towards sponsoring the initiative. As part of this work, Vitali Baranovski will give a presentation with film and photographs to an audience at the St Paul’s Centre in Spennymoor from 2.30pm on Tuesday 23rd April. Vitali was one of the local fireman who was involved in the clear up at the Chernobyl reactor site, which was then in the USSR and is now in Ukraine, and will talk about how the emergency workers’ efforts helped prevent a bigger disaster from unfolding in Europe. He is one of a group speaking throughout Europe, sponsored by the EU and the Association for International Education and Exchange. The event at St Paul’s Centre, which is in St Paul’s Gardens, is free but donations are welcome.