Chernobyl Childrens Lifeline & Charity Shop

 Host Parents Wanted

We are already preparing for our 2019 summer visit and are looking for people who might consider hosting a child/ren. Children will be aged between eight and 10 years and the visit takes place from June 30 until July 28. The children meet daily at our centre in Stowmarket so host families can follow their own occupation or interests. Age and financial circumstances are immaterial; what is important is that you want to welcome the children into your life for these four weeks. It’s a really rewarding experience and the benefits to the children are enormous. If you are interested please call or email for further details.

Christmas Chocolate Bingo!

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a Christmas themed Chocolate Bingo event on Saturday, December 15 at Stowmarket Football Club. Tickets are already selling well so make sure to get yours in plenty of time. Tickets – available from our charity shop in Needham Market or directly from the football club – are £6 each and include a hot supper and dessert.

Our charity shop continues to welcome donations, especially at this time of year as we may be able to use some items for the children who arrive in December or those who we are taking presents to later in the year. We are starting to build a really good stock of evening wear for that special big night out during the festive season. Why spend a fortune when you can pick up something ‘nearly new’ instead?

Father Frost Christmas Stocking Appeal

Following the success of the Christmas present delivery last year we are expanding our program for 2018. On December 28 three people will travel to Belarus for nine days to deliver presents to children who will otherwise not receive anything (and who will never have a had a Christmas present before together), with visits to hospitals and social shelters. We will also be holding a party for approximately 30 children who will be brought in from areas too remote for us to visit during the normal distribution round.

We will be taking our very own Santa Claus with us so the children will have a real English Christmas experience. To make transporting the gifts easier this year we are asking people to fill a Christmas stocking for a child as stockings can be layered for packaging. Last year was quite challenging with the many different shapes and sizes of donated parcels! The stockings will be personally delivered and we will do our utmost to try and bring you home a photograph of your stocking being given to a specific child. We have recently acquired a supply of Christmas stockings at really low prices which we will be happy to pass on to anyone if required.

Many thanks to all who continue to support our program.

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