‘Golden opportunity’ for Chernobyl children

Jeanette Fortnum (right) with visit leader  Vita Efmchik
Jeanette Fortnum (right) with visit leader Vita Efmchik

A charity worker has launched an appeal to find families willing to host Chernobyl children for several weeks’ respite.

Chairman of Market Rasen Chernobyl Children Life Line, Jeanette Fortnum, wants to hear from families in and around Market Rasen who could welcome a seven to 15-year-old suffering health problems as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion in 1986.

Jeanette, from West Torrington, said: “Four weeks’ respite in the UK works wonders for these kids.

“Their parents are forever grateful to us for the opportunity we give them to help improve their health.”

The children live in contaminated areas and their bodies need a rest from constant radiation.

Jeanette said: “It is something very worthwhile, giving a child a golden opportunity to visit another country and experience another language and culture and improve their health enormously.”

During their stay, the children are taken out on trips to places like Rand Farm, the beach and to see the Red Arrows.

Anyone interested in hosting a child should call Jeanette on 07810 124328.

Jeanette is also keen to hear from individuals, schools, businesses or groups who could help raise funds to bring the children to the UK and pay for activities or collect items to give to the children.