The Chernobyl Children’s Life Line is a charity set up in 1991 with a key aim of bringing child victims, especially from Belarus, to the UK for recuperative 4-week breaks. So the visit to the Selsey Lifeboat Station to hear about the activities of the RNLI as well as seeing both the all weather lifeboat (Voluntary Worker) and the inshore boat (Betty and Thomas Moore) represented another highly successful insight for the children into living life on an island - the children of Belarus live in a totally landlocked and impoverished area so most of them have never seen the sea; they do not know about tides, rescues, etc, or for that matter Boats!
Pauline Fitter (group leader) commented “We are always welcomed so warmly at the Selsey Lifeboat Station, and this combined with a visit to the crab sheds, gives the children a real flavour of the sea, it's pleasures and its perils”. Pauline also added “This group of children were, as usual, all suffering from weakened immune systems, lowered stamina, heart problems and fluctuating blood pressure, but thoroughly enjoyed their visit; and that this particular trip represented a real highlight in their itinerary”.
Next April will be the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl and unfortunately the genetic scarring from the disaster is passing through the generations, which as yet appears to show no signs of reducing. However, one month in the UK, or away from the contamination gives the children two to three years’ good health, or boost, and therefore two to three years added to their life expectancy - and hope!!