Chernobyl youngsters are thrown a lifeline

Dunnottar Castle
Dunnottar Castle

Families in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen have welcomed the arrival of eight ‘Chernobyl children’ from Belarus this week.

The visit has been arranged by The Aberdeen City and Shire Link of the Chernobyl Children Lifeline, a charity formed in 1991 following the Chernobyl nuclear explosion in 1986 and whose main aim is to support children in Belarus and Ukraine affected by radiation.

The Aberdeen City and Shire Link is one of 150 s spread throughout the United Kingdom who raise funds to bring a group of children from the affected areas for a recuperative break, away from contaminated food, water and air.

The break boosts the children’s immune systems to make a real difference to their health and wellbeing.

During the visit the children have dental and eye checks as well as enjoying a full programme of fun activities.

This year Stonehaven businesses have been fantastic in offering support to the group. The children have received free eye checks by The Spectacle Company and dental checks by Arduthie Dental Practice.

Stonehaven sandwich shop Jenni Mac’s also provided a picnic lunch for the party which they enjoyed while spending time on the beach and at the play park.

During their visit the party will also be visiting Dunnottar Castle and Crathes Castle - both of which have offered free entry to the children and their accompanying leader.

Local committee member Catherine King said: “We are extremely grateful to these businesses for supporting our charity.

It costs around £600 to bring a child to the UK and the committee work hard throughout the year to raise the money needed.

“The support of people in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen during the three-week stay means that our money is put to the best use in providing essentials for the children, as well as running a full programme of activities that enables them to have fun, and enjoy local attractions.”

For more information on hosting, sponsoring or fundraising contact Catherine King 01569 750273.