Chernobyl children

Share this article

ANOTHER trip for Chernobyl children to visit the Borders is being planned for next summer.

An information night will be held in the Kingsknowes Hotel, Galashiels, on November 19 at 7.30pm. Members of the Chernobyl Children Life Line (Borders link) are hoping people interested in hosting the youngsters or willing to assist in other ways will attend.

Secretary Sarah Barton said: “The open night is an opportunity for anyone interested in finding out more about charity, meeting our group and getting involved, perhaps as host families.”

The organisation raises money for youngsters from Belarus to visit this region each summer. They all live in the contaminated zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power station explosion in 1986, but it is estimated that spending just a month in the clean Borders environment increases their lifespan by two years.

Anyone interested in finding out more about next July’s proposed visit is urged to attend the meeting or contact chairman Fraser Simm (01578 730297) or Sarah Barton (01835 840333).