Fire­fight­ers’ treat for Ch­er­nobyl chil­dren

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements - By James Scott

js­cott@thek­m­group.co.uk Around 14 chil­dren from the town Kore­ston in the Ukraine vis­ited the crews at Ash­ford fire sta­tion ear­lier this month.

The group, from the ar­eas most af­fected by the 1986 Ch­er­nobyl nu­clear disas­ter, were taken on a tour of the sta­tion on Satur­day, July 13.

The chil­dren, aged 10 to 16, took part in a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties planned by The Ch­er­nobyl Chil­dren’s Life­line char­ity.

It was the sixth year that the fire sta­tion has hosted vis­its by the char­ity. Green watch man­ager Clive Dou­glas, who over­saw the visit, said: “Many of th­ese chil­dren come from very de­prived ar­eas so we hope we added a bit of fun and en­joy­ment to their stay in Kent.

“We al­ways want them to re­ally en­joy their time with us as well as learn­ing about the work of a fire­fighter so, as part of the tour, fire­fight­ers have ar­ranged to pro­vide each child with a life- sav­ing smoke alarm that will be fit­ted and main­tained by fire and res­cue crews in the Ukraine – it could end up sav­ing their life in the event of a fire.”

Hun­dreds of chil­dren who live around Ch­er­nobyl are still di­ag­nosed with leukaemia, bone and thy­roid can­cer as a re­sult of the nu­clear disas­ter each year.

The Ch­er­nobyl Chil­dren’s Life­line char­ity brings over 4,000 chil­dren to the UK ev­ery year to give them a rest from ra­di­a­tion and can ex­tend their lives by up to two years.

Char­ity spokesman Sarah Day said: “This is the fifth year that the char­ity has brought a group of chil­dren to the Ash­ford area and we are es­pe­cially grate­ful to Kent Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice for of­fer­ing us a tour of the fire sta­tion.

“The chil­dren had a won­der­ful time and were made re­ally wel­come by the crews.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in host­ing a child dur­ing the next visit can call the life­line char­ity on 01233 336459

Fire­figther Nathan Pavey with the chil­dren from the Ukraine at Ash­ford fire sta­tion

A young­ster us­ing a hose

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