35 years on: Jersey's response to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster
Report by ITV Channel's Sophie Dulson & Greg Banner
Thirty-five years ago the world experienced the worst nuclear disaster in history.
On 26 April 1986, the number four reactor in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded near the city of Pripyat in the north of the Ukrainian SSR.
It was an accident that shook the world. Many families and children are still affected with radiation sickness today.
There are many memories from the night of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster with vivid accounts recalled worldwide, not least in Jersey.
Paul Patterson was one of Jersey's scientific advisors at the time. He was on duty the night the number four reactor exploded.
Paul Patterson MBE recalling the night of the nuclear disaster
After the disaster, Jersey played a significant role in the charitable efforts that followed.
The island joined forces with the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline Charity, which saw hundreds of affected children from Belarus visit Jersey for a short break.
For the children who visited, it was a welcome reprieve from the worries back home.
Twenty-five-year-old Katya Izotova was one of the children from Belarus who visited Jersey in 2006 for a month long trip. The visit gave her the chance to breathe some clean air and eat uncontaminated food.
In the accident's aftermath, 237 people suffered from acute radiation sickness, of which 31 died within the first three months.
The effects of radiation sickness are still felt today, especially from those residing in Ukraine and Belarus.
Katya was one of the children affected by the blast. She was told by doctors she may never have children but she defied the odds and gave birth to a healthy baby girl just nine months ago.
Katya believes her trip to Jersey contributed significantly to her improved health and life today.