* By Barrie Hudson
Chernobyl Children's Life Line charity founder Victor Mizzi MBE will be in Swindon tomorrow to appeal for families to host children from Belarus this summer.
Mr Mizzi founded the charity in 1991, and since then it has brought child victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion to Britain for four week breaks and sent aid to the affected region.
Ongoing contamination of the environment around the disaster scene means even children born many years after the blast suffer poor health and, in some cases, genetic complaints.
Individual branches of the aid charity are called Links, and the Swindon Link have invited Mr Mizzi to speak at the Jovial Monk pub in Highdown Way, St Andrew's Ridge, tomorrow from 7.30pm.
Sabine McCambridge, who chairs Swindon Link, said: "April 26 will be the 25th anniversary of the accident of catastrophic proportions at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl in Ukraine.
"According to post-Soviet data, up to 70 per cent of of the fallout fell in Belarus.
"Even now, the children of Belarus and Ukraine are still suffering the effects of the radioactive contamination.
"The aims of our charity are to bring child victims of the disaster to the UK for recuperative breaks of four weeks, provide ongoing supplies of multi-vitamins and basic health care products to the children on their return, and to help children too sick to travel by providing chemotherapy medicines to children's support hospitals."
To date, the charity has brought more than 46,000 children on visits to the UK.
When in this country, they take part in fun activities such as visiting theme parks and other attractions, as well as undergoing health checks where necessary.
New volunteer hosts are always needed, and are assured of all the advice and guidance they need.
The Swindon Link is one of two in the town, the other being the Old Town Link. Both work hard to bring children for much-needed breaks.
Further information about the charity can be found at www.ccll.org.uk, and all are welcome to attend the meeting at the Jovial Monk.