Children in need of a lifeline
THE Chernobyl Children Lifeline charity is appealing for volunteer host families to look after children from Belarus this summer.
The children live in the region that was badly contaminated by radiation when the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl exploded in the Ukraine in 1986.
Birth defects and illnesses including cancer are common due to the radiation which still lingers.
But the children’s health notably improves after respite time in Kent.
Last year the Chernobyl Children Lifeline (CCL), Ashford and New Romney Link was able to organise stays in the area for 18 youngsters and this year it plans to do the same.
CCL is part of a national charity founded in 1992 which raises money to support the children of Belarus and is looking for people willing to host pairs of children for a month. Prospective hosts can be families, couples, or single mothers.
The children are typically between 9 and 16, and all have medical clearance to come to the UK. Hosts do not have to worry about the language barrier as each group comes with their own interpreter.
The charity brings more than 4,000 children a year to Britain on respite holidays which can extend their lives by up to two years.
Slava from Chernobyl with Sam the labrador