Family Matters: Family switch to telly-free zone for Chernobyl children appeal

TV Free January: The Read family from Sheffield --  Lisa (38) , Jason (41), Cyrdn(15) , Rhian (13) and Maia (10)
TV Free January: The Read family from Sheffield -- Lisa (38) , Jason (41), Cyrdn(15) , Rhian (13) and Maia (10)
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A Sheffield family unplugged their television sets this January in a bid to raise money and boost their health and family relationships.

Lisa and Jason Read and their three children Cyrdn, aged 15, Rhian, 13, and Maia, 10, have been taking part in TV Free January, a 29-day challenge devised by Lisa as a fundraiser for Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, a charity close to the family’s heart.

“We’ve been involved with the charity since 2011 and are looking forward to having a child from one of the Chernobyl-affected regions come to live with us for a month this summer,” Lisa reports. “It’ll be the third time we’ve hosted a child.

“We’re taking part in this challenge with hopes of raising awareness and some funds for the charity as they desperately need more people to help out this year.”

Lisa, a life coach for parents and young people, came up with the idea of going TV free because she thought it would be a good challenge for her telly addict children.

“I was concerned about how much television they wanted to watch,’’ she said.

For more information on Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, visit http://www.ccll.org.uk/sheffield

To sponsor the family, visit http://www.justgiving.com/TVFreeJanuary

To find out more about TV Free January, email Lisa at info@lisareadcoaching.com