Ch­er­nobyl chil­dren need your help

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

CH­ER­NOBYL Chil­dren’s Life Line – Chiltern Link are look­ing for fam­i­lies to host eight chil­dren dur­ing July.

The chil­dren, aged be­tween 10 and 12, come from Be­larus for one month’s respite from the ra­di­a­tion fall­out, fol­low­ing the ex­plo­sion of the nu­clear re­ac­tor in Ch­er­nobyl in Ukraine in 1986.

The ra­dioac­tiv­ity is still in the food chain and en­vi­ron­ment, caus­ing se­vere health is­sues such as can­cers and or­gan and heart prob­lems.

The pur­pose of their visit is to boost their im­mune sys­tems to help them fight th­ese ill­nesses, as well as nor­mal ill­nesses such as colds and flu.

The chil­dren we bring over will not be cur­rently suf­fer­ing with a se­ri­ous ill­ness at the time of their visit.

Although the em­pha­sis of the visit is to build up their im­mune sys­tem by eat­ing ‘clean food’, dur­ing their stay with us here in the Chilterns, we try to give them a hol­i­day of a life­time and the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy all the won­der­ful fa­cil­i­ties that are not avail­able in Be­larus.

Our pro­gramme is de­signed around work­ing fam­i­lies by tak­ing the chil­dren on trips and ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the day to en­able host fam­i­lies to con­tinue their nor­mal work­ing life.

We have a net­work of sup­port fam­i­lies who can help out with trans­port or child-sit­ting.

All we ask is that the child is taken into your home and treated as part of the fam­ily and en­joy all the lovely, plen­ti­ful food we do.

You re­ally can make a dif­fer­ence Let­ters to the Edi­tor, Buck­ing­hamshire Ad­ver­tiser, Trinity Mir­ror South­ern, c/o Trinity Mir­ror Colour Print, St Al­bans Road, Wat­ford, Herts WD24 7RG to their lives.

All host fam­i­lies need to be CRB checked, which takes a while to be pro­cessed, so for this rea­son we ask that if you are in­ter­ested in help­ing us, please do not de­lay in con­tact­ing me on 01494 776 205.

BABS JAKES Ch­er­nobyl Chil­dren’s Life Line

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