Help give Chernobyl children a better life

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FAMILIES in Portsmouth are being urged to put up disadvantaged children in their homes for a month.

A total of 12 youngsters affected by the Chernobyl disaster will come to Portsmouth on May 24 for four weeks to get some much-needed respite.

Their trip is being organised by Portsmouth and Hayling Island Link of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline – but only four of the children have got places to stay.

The other eight are without beds.

They would just need meals provided for them as they will be out each day on trips arranged by the charity.

Marian Stapley, chairwoman of the charity’s Portsmouth and Hayling Island Link, said: ‘Unfortunately we don’t have enough host families.

‘This trip is so important to the children because it’s their respite. It puts two to three years on their life if they can breathe in some fresh air and are able to have some good food. It also boosts their immune system.’

Call Marian on 07952 290124 to register your interest.