Lancaster charity workers visit Chernobyl children in Belarus.

A Belarusian child washes his clothes at a water pump.
A Belarusian child washes his clothes at a water pump.

Members of the Lancaster branch of Friends of Chernobyl’s Children experienced first-hand the plight of families in neighbouring Belarus after a week-long visit to the country.

Coordinator Mike Cowan and trustee Jo Thornton stayed with people affected by the 1986 nuclear disaster and who benefit from the charity’s work.

Some locals have no food or water and those who are lucky enough to eat find the food is contaminated.

An after-school club now gives children a hot evening meal.

Eighteen children from the country visit Lancaster each year and are placed with families for one month.

Each visit costs £600 per year per child, meaning the Lancaster branch must raise an annual £12,000.

Host families are needed in the region in 2015 along with people to help raise funds and donate clothing and toiletries.

Contact Mr Cowan on 01524-67751 or email mikehcowan@hotmail.com