Host families sought for Cherobyl children

Youngsters visiting Northumberland in 2014.

Youngsters visiting Northumberland in 2014.

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The Morpeth and Wansbeck Link of Chernobyl Children’s Life Line are once again planning to bring a group of children from Belarus for a respite holiday.

The children will arrive in June 2016 and the charity is looking for families to host two children each for two weeks or one month.

The group of ten boys and girls aged between nine and 12 all live on land still contaminated by the Chernobyl Nuclear accident which occured in 1986.

Living in such an environment has a detrimental effect on the children’s health in particular their immune system.

It is believed that spending one month, breathing clean air, drinking clean water and eating clean food builds up their immune systems keeping them well on their return home.

Children and families will enjoy a wide variety of visits to local tourist attractions and fun social activities,the charity will supply clothing and shoes for the children.Families need are a spare room and the motivation to ensure that the children are loved and cared for during the visit.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the charity’s chairman Lilian Nelson on (01670) 518773.