Chernobyl children to visit after disaster anniversary

Chernobyl children at Belton House during last year's visit.
Chernobyl children at Belton House during last year's visit.

THIS month marks the 24th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the tenth year children affected by Chernobyl have visited the Grantham area.

A group of Eastern European children will travel to England to stay with host families in the Vale of Belvoir in June.

The month-long visits help the children detoxify their systems and while here they receive basic health check as well as dental and opticians appointments.

Anne Ablewhite of the charity Friends of Chernobyl’s Children helps organise the trips and events each year.

She said: “They love the trips because many of them have nothing back home. Some of the children have only the clothes they stand up in. The conditions they live in are horrendous and they treasure everything they go back with.”

This year’s visit has special significance as the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is on April 26.

The charity is always looking for more host families who will help the children for their month-long visit.

Anne said: “When people have a child for a month they usually can’t wait to have them back the next year!”

If you think you can help, call Anne on 01949 842259.