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MFRS welcomes children from Belarus affected by Chernobyl nuclear disaster

MFRS welcomes children from Belarus affected by Chernobyl nuclear disaster


Thursday, 22 June 2017


Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has welcomed ten children from Belarus, who are staying in Sefton for a month as part of a project run by the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline Charity.

The charity supports children and their families from Belarus and Ukraine who have been affected by the Chernobyl nuclear explosion in 1986.

As well as bringing chid victims of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion to the UK for recuperative breaks to give them respite from radiation, the charity also provides vitamins and healthcare products to affected children and chemotherapy medicine to those suffering cancer.

Belarus received over 70% of the radioactive fallout from the explosion and, as a result, many thousands of children are born in the region every year with, or go on to develop, thyroid cancer, bonce cancer and leukaemia.

As part of their visit to MFRS, the children (all aged between 10-12) spent some time with our Search and Rescue Team, met our Search and Rescue dogs, visited our Heritage and Education Centre and met the crew at Bootle and Netherton Community Fire Station.

It was a pleasure meeting the children, and an honour to welcome them to our Service.

The Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Charity raises money to fund children’s trips to the UK from Belarus and Ukraine. To find out more about the charity, or to make a donation, visit www.ccll.org.uk

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