Can you help provide a life line?
Host families needed for visit from children affected by Chernobyl
Chernobyl Children’s Life Line – Chiltern Link arranges for children from areas in Belarus affected by the radioactive fallout to have ‘the holiday of a lifetime’ by taking part in organised trips and living with a host family from Sunday, July 3 to Sunday, July 31.
The charity is hoping to bring over four girls and four boys aged between 10 and 12 and needs families who are interested in being hosts to apply now.
However, the charity is only looking for host families for two boys for two weeks and two boys for four weeks because previous host families have volunteered again this year.
The charity appreciates four weeks is a long time, so the four weeks could be split by two host families.
The radioactivity is still in Chernobyl’s food chain and environment causing severe health issues such as cancers, organ and heart problems. The purpose of their visit to Chiltern is to boost their immune systems to help them fight these illnesses as well as the normal illnesses such as colds and flu.
The children who come over will not be currently suffering with a serious illness at the time of their visit. Babs Jakes from the charity said: “Although the emphasis of the visit is to build up their immune system, 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 but our children enjoy every school holiday.
“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’ve 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 to their lives.”
All host families need to be CRB checked which takes time to be processed so those interested are encouraged to contact the charity soon.
For more information call Babs Jakes on 01494 776 205.
Chernobyl Children’s Life Line was founded in 1991. Find out more at www.ccll.org.uk.
Chernobyl Children at Paradise Park in Hertfordshire. Below, meeting firefighters