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Swindon Charities Work Together for Chernobyl Children
Friday, 24 August 2012 07:05

120827-chernobyl 133_1200On Monday 27 August the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust (WBCT) hosted a special boat trips for 12 children from Belarus who are making a 4 week recuperative visit to Wiltshire organised by the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line Charity.120827-chernobyl 134__1200

The children  boarded Dragonfly, WBCT’s trip-boat at 10.00 from the boarding point on the canal tow path close to Kingshill. There was two trips of about 1 hour and the children had an opportunity to steer the boat and enjoy views of the canal and local wildlife from the water along the restored section of the canal from Kingshill. 





120827-chernobyl 153-1200For the children lucky enough to come to the UK, it is a trip of a lifetime.  It is estimated that a month staying with a family here, eating nourishing food, resting from the relentless radiation and breathing clean air can add up to two years to their life expectancy, and improve their education over the next two years.





Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline:  was established in 1991.
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 There are approx 150 Links groups in the UK, with 2 in Swindon as well as West and South Wiltshire groups. 


The groups raise funds to pay for the children’s flights and arrange for them to stay with host families for 4 weeks as well as putting on a programme of activities.


The children are accompanied by a leader/interpreter and will be seen by an optician and a dentist during their holiday. Most of the work is focused in Belarus which received over 70% of the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear explosion in April 1986. Thousands of babies and children in the area develop thyroid cancer, bone cancer and leukaemia every year.

Chernobyl Children's Life Line

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