Chernobyl TV series shines a light on the world’s worst nuclear disaster

The popularity and critical acclaim of recent television series Chernobyl has shone a light on the world’s worst nuclear disaster when Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear plant in northern Ukraine exploded sending a deadly cloud of radiation into the atmosphere.

A significant amount of that radioactive fallout landed on neighbouring Belarus, and despite happening over 33 years ago, the impact is felt as strongly as ever by its population.

Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (West Leicestershire) is a registered charity that supports Belarusian children from disadvantaged social backgrounds who are still affected by this terrible disaster.

Every year the charity brings children from the most badly affected parts of Belarus to the UK for a month of recuperative care. During the visit, the children stay with a host family and undertake a packed programme of activities that gives them plenty of fresh air, friendship, nourishing food, essential health checks and above all the fun they so desperately need.

The next visit is planned for the summer of 2020 but there is lots of organising before then, so it’s vital that new host families and volunteers to work with us on our committee, are in place by September 2019 to ensure we can a commit to bring these children so desperately in need of our help, over to the UK.

Volunteer host families are an essential part of the charity’s work and without them it wouldn’t be possible to change children’s lives. The charity is seeking enthusiastic, committed families who can provide a stable, loving home, nourishing meals and lots of fun for a vulnerable child that will be placed in their care for four weeks.

Children take part in an organised activity programme during the week and spend evenings and weekends at home with their host family. The children travel to the UK with English speaking interpreters who are on 24-hour call to provide support and assistance to host families.

Host families will need to have their own transport and ideally live within 30 minutes of the charity’s day centre, which is currently in Markfield.

John Buckby, Group Co-ordinator for Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (West Leics) said: “Hosting a child is an incredibly rewarding experience and these visits do really change the lives of the children and the host families and volunteers that support them.

“If you think you can help, either as a host family, a volunteer supporting the visits or volunteer working with us on our committee , please get in touch now.”

For more information you can get in touch with our Group Co-ordinator, John Buckby, on 01455 285799 / 07738 324947 or by email at john.evolution@btinternet.com.