Weʼre raising £5,000 to fund towards the cost of bringing children over from the Chernobyl disaster region for respite who still live with the effects of radiation.
- Lincoln, UK
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We are a small link of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline based in the Lincoln area who each year bring children over from the Chernobyl disaster region for a 4 week stay with host families. Whilst here the children the children are taken out on trips to places such as the seaside, Wildlife parks, Adventure playgrounds giving them wonderful experiences and fantastic memories. We also take them to the dentist and the Opticians where a lot need treatment and new spectacles. The 4 week stay also means the children are able to breathe clean air, drink clean water and eat fresh food. It's estimated that 4 weeks of healthy living with a host family can boost a child's immune-system by around 2 years.
Even though The Chernobyl Nuclear disaster happened 32 years ago, the effects from this will last for hundreds if not thousands of years to come. The contamination damages immune systems – so Leukaemia and thyroid cancer are common. The gene pool is also damaged and as a result birth defects escalate. The result of the explosion caused thousands of square miles of land, water courses and also livestock to become contaminated with radioactive particles. The disaster was a result of a failed test on reactor 4, which got out of hand and exploded.
We would love to be able to say for definite that we will be doing this again next year but unfortunately due to fundraising this may not be possible, which is why we are asking for your help. The cost to bring a child over is approx £700 each (Including Leader) this includes their Air fare, transfers, visa’s, admin and all the cost’s when they are here such as minibus hire and diesel.
We really don’t want our link to fold and would love to be in a situation next year where we can invite more children over but without some extra help this may not happen. Thank you for your time and if you are able to donate to this worthwhile cause we would be very grateful for your help.
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