Appeal for town families to host visiting Chernobyl children

Chernobyl children, hosts and helpers.
Chernobyl children, hosts and helpers.

VOLUNTEERS are being sought to provide a home for pairs of foreign children during their exciting and beneficial summer visit.

The Morpeth and Wansbeck Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Link organisation is once again planning to bring over a group of children who are among those suffering from the continuing effects of the Chernobyl incident for a respite holiday in June.

Spending one month in this country will boost their immune systems as they will be eating uncontaminated food, drinking uncontaminated water and breathing clean air.

The children arrive with few possessions and the charity provides clothing and shoes, together with a year’s supply of vitamins for each child to take home.

During their stay, they will visit attractions and landmarks in the North East as well as a Morpeth dentist and optician for check-ups and treatment – all the practitioners give their time and expertise voluntarily.

It is hoped that a group of 10 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 12 will come to the region, together with an interpreter.

To achieve this, more families are needed to act as hosts to two children each, for a period of two weeks to a month. For more information, call Morpeth and Wansbeck Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Link chair Lilian Nelson on 01670 518773.