A WOMAN who gave children from Chernobyl a holiday in the North East, opened a charity shop yesterday to raise funds for a repeat visit.

Ukrainian youngsters spent three weeks in Crook as respite from the region, which was contaminated by the world's worst nuclear power accident.

They returned home at the beginning of the month, and immediately, Crook resident Veronica Gibson set to work opening the Crook for Chernobyl Children's Charity shop, in Hope Street, to fund the next trip.

She said she was inspired by the generosity of people in the town, who made the youngster's visit memorable.

The youngsters, between eight and 18, stayed with host families and went on trips to Crook police and fire stations and Beamish museum.

Breathing uncontaminated air and eating uncontaminated food in Britain helps to build up the children's immune systems.

To fund a trip for 15 young people and two leaders costs about £5,500