Moulton couple at forefront of campaign for nuclear test veterans

Doug and Sandie Hern (centre and third right) with other Armed Forces veterenas at the Anglia Motel, Fleet Hargate, for its Armed Forces Celebration Day.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Doug and Sandie Hern (centre and third right) with other Armed Forces veterenas at the Anglia Motel, Fleet Hargate, for its Armed Forces Celebration Day. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A Moulton couple are now right at the forefront of campaigning for British nuclear test veterans.

Doug and Sandie Hern have become leading figures in the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association (BNTVA), a charity promoting education, research and support of men and women involved in the Government’s atomic weapons testing programme between 1952 and 1967.

Sandie was elected as BNTVA vice chairman at the charity’s annual meeting in May, while Doug was guest speaker at an international conference in Oslo, Norway, last month.

Doug, who served on Christmas Island in the Pacific for a year during the nuclear testing period, said: “I did a talk for Amnesty International and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in London last year.

“After the talk, I spoke to some young ladies from Norway who wanted to organise a similar event in their country.

“It took a lot of setting up but, when we got to Oslo, me and Sandie showed the delegates a documentary called ‘Nobody Told Us Anything’ which was made by Charles Stewart.

I’ve been a trustee for three years so I feel very honoured to be elected as the first woman vice chairman of the BNTVA

Sandie Hern, vice chairman, British Nuclear Test Veterans Association

“Most of the delegates, including doctors and research scientists in radiotherapy, were shocked and amazed to learn that even the fourth generation of nuclear test veterans’ children are suffering from the after-effects of the programme.

Talking about her new role, Sandie said: “I’ve been a trustee for three years so I feel very honoured to be elected as the first woman vice chairman of the BNTVA.”

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