Local Businesses support the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline

20-05-2009 Hampshire and Isle of Wight companies have rallied round to offer support to the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.

Founded by Victor Mizzi, MBE in 1991 after he witnessed the devastating affects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident on children and families, the charity gives children from the affected area a month’s holiday in the UK, offering good food, fun, and free medical care. Such breaks have been proven to boost the immune systems of children often already fighting cancers or other recurring infections as a result of the 1986 accident.

On Wednesday 20 May the children travelled to the Isle of Wight with Red Funnel and tucked into a free lunch, made with fresh ingredients, which they cannot consume at home due to the contamination of the land. The children also enjoyed a unique trip to the bridge of the Red Falcon to meet the Master and enjoy spectacular views of the Solent. For many of the children, this was the first time they had seen the sea.  

Children will be staying with host families on the Isle of Wight, enjoying days out at attractions such as Osborne House, the Needles and Blackgang Chine. They will also receive free medical care , eye tests and dental treatment.

Jonathan Green, Sales and Marketing Director says “Red Funnel is delighted to assist the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline in organising this visit. The children had a great time onboard the Red Falcon and thanks to the generous support of local businesses they are guaranteed an action packed and well deserved holiday on the Isle of Wight”.