Living With Chernobyl

Kids in Belarus living in areas still contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster 24 years ago breath air contaminated with radiation. They eat contaminated food.

It's left many with serious health problems including Leukaemia and deformities.
When the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded in 1986 it dumped 70% of the radiation fallout on Belarus. The ground was heavily contaminated and will be for thousands of years.

The charity 'Chernobyl Children’s Life Line' offers holidays in the UK for some of the children effected. Whilst they are here they breath clean air, get uncontaminated food and seen by opticians and dentists. Some doctors who treat them on a regular basis in Minsk believe the holidays can add two years to their life expectancy.

The charity is now looking for families in Bristol and Bath to look after some of these children when they visit in the summer. Bristol vice Chair Andy March told Heart, 'All we ask is that you provide love, food and a secure environment during their stay in our area. We raise the money for the air fares and provide backup. You don't need to worry about the language barrier either, there will be interpreters with the children'

If you reckon you can help the charity are holding a series of meetings where people can find out more.
• Christ church Hall, North St, Downend, 12th March
• St Francis Church Hall, Warwick Road, Keynsham, 19th March

There is also more info on the Charity's website, just follow the link on the right.