Cash boost for Wessex CCLL
Friday 24th March 2017
Wessex CCLL was delighted to be presented with a cheque for £8,730.00 to support their work, bringing groups of Chernobyl children to Poole for a 4 week stay to help improve their health. Wessex Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Chair, John Martindale (on the right) received the gift from Terry Harbord who, as men’s captain at Parkstone Golf Club nominated the charity to receive a donation from the club’s fundraising for good causes over the past year.
John was deeply moved by the generosity of the club’s members and thanked them for their amazing support. He explained that the money will be used to fund the travel and visa costs for the group of 16 ten and eleven year old children who will be staying with volunteer host families in the Poole area in July this year. The children all come from the village of Pinkovichy near Pinsk in the Brest region of Belarus, an area where raised levels of radioactive pollutants persist as a result of the nuclear disaster 31 years ago.
John, who with his wife Carolyn, has visited affected areas in Belarus and The Ukraine on three occasions added that the families of the children are always so grateful for the opportunity given to their children to be offered this recuperative care program. During their stay they are given eye tests and dental checks by volunteer professionals and enjoy visits to schools and attractions in our region. John said that it is the support of local individuals and organisations like Parkstone Golf Club that enable this important work to be accomplished.