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Solihull-based charity fears it can no longer provide recuperative breaks for Chernobyl children

A CHARITY helping children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster fears it will no longer afford to provide recuperative holidays in Solihull.

A CHARITY helping children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster fears it will no longer afford to provide recuperative holidays in Solihull. Chernobyl Children’s Project was set up to arrange regenerative breaks for youngsters living in Belarus, a country badly affected by the 1986 disaster and still contaminated by radiation today.

But volunteers, who say it has been getting harder to raise funds, were dealt a further blow recently when the Government introduced plans to introduce an £85 charge on formerly free child visas from next March.

Kath Ruane, who with husband Ken coordinates the Solihull Group, said: “The Solihull group has been hosting children for 13 years. It would be terrible if fewer came due to the cost of their visas. We are the only European country enforcing.”

The charity is now calling on people to sign a petition against changes. If 100,000 signatures are collected, the Government will be forced to hold a fresh debate in the House of Commons.

To sign the petition go to http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/37945. For more information, email kenkath.ruane@gmail.com.

 

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