Invite a child victim of Chernobyl to stay for a month

RAISE AWARENESS: Anastasiya Day (right) appeals for help with volunteer Gabriella Jana

Invite a child victim of Chernobyl to stay for a month

by Andy Tong | 12th June 2019

THE West Kent co-ordinator of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity has appealed for help in the fight against child cancer and blood disorders.

The plight of the young people of Belarus and Ukraine has been highlighted by the highly lauded TV series about the nuclear disaster currently showing on Sky Atlantic.

Belarus received more than 70 per cent of the radioactive fallout from the explosion at the nuclear reactor in what was then the Soviet Union in 1986.

Over 50,000 children are affected and suffer an increased incidence of thyroid cancer, bone cancer and leukaemia.

At a special event held at Woods restaurant on The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells, Anastasiya Day gave a talk about the effects of radiation on children living within the vicinity of the Ukrainian site.

She encouraged local people to act as hosts for the victims over four-week periods during the summer months.

DISASTER AREA: The Chernobyl reactor was wrapped a new sarcophagus in November

The children benefit from these stays because their immune system has a chance to recover and alleviate their symptoms.

The breaks also give valuable respite for parents or the children’s carers, who are often their siblings.

The charity, which was set up in 1992, also seeks to improve conditions for children in the cancer hospital by providing equipment and daily essentials, as well as medicine and clothing in the wider community.

Anastasiya asked for volunteers to help raise donations by putting on events and spending a few hours every month co-ordinating a fundraising event in aid of the charity.

To find out more about Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, call Anastasiya on 07890 098180 or email:

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