Selsey Lifeboat Station once again hosted a visit from the children of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster so that they could hear all about the purpose and activities of the RNLI, as well as being shown around both an all weather lifeboat ('The Famous Grouse') and an inshore lifeboat ('Mabel Davies') – both on relief at Selsey whilst the station’s lifeboats ('Voluntary Worker' and 'Betty and Thomas Moore') undergo repair and maintenance.
Pauline Fitter (Chernobyl Children’s Life Line 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, its pleasures and its perils”. Pauline also added “This group of children were, as usual, all suffering from weakened immune systems, but thoroughly enjoyed their visit which represented a real highlight in their itinerary”.
2011 is 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!!
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.