Chernobyl kids enjoy stay with Borders families

Chernobyl children visit North Berwick.
Chernobyl children visit North Berwick.

Eight youngsters from the area contaminated by the biggest ever nuclear accident visited the Scottish Borders this week.

For the past 12 years, the Borders link of Chernobyl Children Lifeline (the CCLL), have brought children over from Belarus and nearby areas that saw the heaviest fallout of radiation.

This year is no different and eight 10 and 11-year-old children were hosted by Borders-based families and made welcome by their host communities.

Fraser Simm, chairman of the Borders link of CCLL, said: “It is not only the host or support families who make this visit so special for the children.

“The support from people throughout the Borders since we set up our link in 2001 has made it possible for us to reach out to these children. Local people are so generous with their time and help.”

The children enjoyed visits to local opticians and dentists for any glasses or treatments they might have needed.

Secretary of Borders CCLL, Sarah Barton, said: “You have to understand these children come from very, very poor backgrounds, often with only one living parent and they still live in contaminated areas.”