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Bridgwater rallies to support Chernobyl children

Children from Belarus show their delight at going on holiday with the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline.

PEOPLE in Bridgwater are rallying to support a new charity being set up in the town - and their support means that ten children from Chernobyl could be visiting Somerset this summer.

In January, the Mercury revealed how Bridgwater woman Rosalind Lee planned to set up a new branch of the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline charity here in Somerset.

The organisation aims to provide holiday respite for children in Belarus, who live within the fallout zone of the 1986 nuclear disaster, and who still suffer horrific health problems as a result.

As a result of the Mercury's initial story, more than 20 Bridgwater people have joined Mrs Lee, and she says that means there is already enough support to bring ten youngsters to Somerset this summer.

But she has also planned another meeting this week - on Wednesday (February 21) at 7.30pm at Woolavington Village Hall - and hopes even more people will get involved.

Mrs Lee said: "We had a lot of response to the last Mercury story, and I think we have enough people now to bring a group of ten children over this August.
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"Everyone who has come forward has been really keen, and really willing.

"We're still looking for some more people and hoping to get some sponsorship from businesses in the area, but I'm pleased with how it's gone so far - if you don't try, you don't get anywhere."

Chernobyl Children's Lifeline has helped hundreds of children since it was formed. Even a short period away from the contaminated area of Belarus can have significant health benefits.

Host families in Bridgwater are being sought to help.

Anyone is welcome to attend Wednesday's meeting, but people who can't make it along on the night but want to get involved, can ring Mrs Lee on 01278-431334.

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