Hucknall gives Chernobyl children a lifeline

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For the 15th successive year, Hucknall’s Friends of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity is reaching out to embrace the needs of 14 youngsters affected by the world’s worst nuclear disaster which took place in 1986.

Accompanied by their teachers, Olya Gorelova and Natasha Malaenko,the 14 excited children took centre stage at a welcoming party held at the Royal British Legion in Beardall Street,where they were given a warm reception.

“Landing in England at the height of summer, these lovely young people can look forward to having the time of their lives during their one month’s stay,” said Kim Challand, a driving force behind the Hucknall Chernobyl initiative.

“So much has been planned for them and as our special guests there will be golden opportunities for them to take part in a packed programme of activities to enrich their lives.”

As well as being educated during their stay at Hucknall’s National School and paying visits to doctors and dentists for health checks, the Chernobyl party will benefit from the events prepared for them by Kim, branch chairman David Palmer and secretary Suzy Smith.

“It is the fifth and last year that this particular group of children will enjoy the benefits of our hospitality and next year we will be welcoming a completely new group,” said David Palmer.

MP Mark Spencer who attended the welcome party heaped praise on the host families for “going the extra mile”.

Anyone interested in becoming a Chernobyl host or donating should contact Kim on 0115-9639434.