Can you help provide a life line?

Host fam­i­lies needed for visit from chil­dren af­fected by Ch­er­nobyl

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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