Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline & Charity Shop Update

Although we haven’t been able to bring a group of children to the UK this summer, we continue to support the families in Belarus by providing PPE and other vital equipment for them during this period of crisis.

Looking back over the last 11 plus years, it so rewarding to see children who have visited us grow into young adults. It’s not just the visit to the UK that the children enjoy; they go home with newfound confidence and aspirations to make more of their lives. Many of the children who would have ended up working in a village shop or factory have gone on to study hard, go to university and become doctors, lawyers and scientists with fulfilling and useful careers ahead of them. The photo attached is of Nastia, one of our first visitors who just qualified as a lawyer.

Even though it may have been many years since their visit to us, they can all still vividly tell stories of the families who hosted them, the activities they took part in and the many ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences they enjoyed.

Many families maintain contact with us. Despite all of the problems they are currently experiencing in Belarus, their first question is always about how everybody in England is doing. Thank you so much for everything you did for them. We send our love and think of you often.

Would visitors to our charity shop please take care to use the correct entrance through the side passageway. Recently distress has been caused to adjacent residents by people trying to access the shop through their properties. We continue to accept donations by appointment and will collect if possible.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support.

Link Chair, Elizabeth Parker: 01449 760343

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