A plea for host families

Kids from Belarus and Ukraine visiting Britain last year
Kids from Belarus and Ukraine visiting Britain last year

FAMILIES are being urged to host children on a break to Britain this summer who are from areas in eastern Europe still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The Bonsall and Derbyshire Dales link of the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line (CCLL) organises trips for up to 20 Belarusian and Ukrainian children to visit for up to four weeks.

Although the disaster occurred in 1986, radiation from the nuclear station is still causing health issues for many even today.

Chairman to the group, Chris Broome said: “Although it seems a long time, the heath effects on the children are still very real today with cancers, heart disease and respiratory diseases still effecting thousands.

“One of the first children from Belarus hosted back in 2004 has suspected stomach cancer – she was just 18-years-old.”

Costing around £500 per child for the four-week holiday, Chris is even taking on a challenge to reach K2’s base camp in the Himalayas this summer to raise funds.

During the children’s visit, the charity ensures activities are arranged.

Any families interested in providing accommodation should contact Chris on 01629 824512 or email c-broome@sky.com