Chernobyl children need holidays help

A CHARITY that brings children still living with the fallout of the Chernobyl disaster for “health-giving” holidays is seeking support and funds to ensure it can continue for another year.

Chernobyl Children’s Life Line Malvern and District Link has been bringing youngsters from Belarus to the town every summer since 2002.

But to ensure this summer’s visit can go ahead, the charity needs to raise at least £6,000 and find host families willing to welcome the children into their home for part or all of their four-week stay.

Ten children aged 10 and 11 are set to visit from the town of David-Gordock, in southern Belarus, between June 11 and July 9, 2014.

But while that is some way off, preparations have already begun and organisers Dorothy and Jim Knights, of Brook Farm Drive, Malvern, are appealing to Malvern Gazette readers for their help.

The Chernobyl disaster was in April, 1986, but Mrs Knights said people in that part of the world are still suffering the consequences of the contamination more than 25 years later.

She said the annual holiday is a “trip of a lifetime” for the youngsters lucky enough to take part and that their health improves greatly in the space of just a month.

“The children enjoy activities with their host families as well as group events and outings three days-a-week,”

she said. “We need funds and support to continue this very worthwhile project of improving the health of the Chernobyl children.”

Families are needed to look after two children for either two or four weeks. Donations of money and offers to help with driving or organising activities are also gratefully received.

Anyone who would like to help out can get in touch by calling 01684 561358 or sending an email to dorothy knights@waitrose.com.

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