Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline is a Charity that hosts groups of children from Ukraine and Belarus for joyful and recuperational vacations in the UK. This provides the children with a break from an area that is still experiencing the debilitating effects of the aftermath of the Chernobyl Nuclear disaster from 1986.

The Newark & Sherwood Link works with a school in the village of Molotkovichi in Belarus. We host one group of children each year during the summer, accompanied by an English speaking, certified Leader/Russian Interpreter.

Hosting Summer 2020

We are looking for hosts for Summer 2020, can you help?

We have set the dates for our summer 2020 visit. The dates are from July 25th until August 15th.

The Children will be away at camp in the middle week (3rd-7th August), splitting the visit evenly down the middle in to two blocks of just over a week. The first block being 25th July - 3rd August, the second block being 7th August - 15th August.

Can you host for 3 weeks with a sizable break in the middle? Or maybe you can offer a home for just over a week either side of camp - with the children being hosted by another family for the other week? Please do have a think about and get in touch by the contact page, or via the email address or telephone number listed there. We will be more than happy to assist you with any information required to support you making this decision, and in turn support our children.


Interested in hosting a child?

We are always interested in speaking to anyone who can offer a safe, comforting and accommodating home to one or two children during their visit to the UK. If you are interested in learning more about hosting and what the commitment involves, please read on.


Interested in donating your time?

Lots of work goes into facilitating the annual visit of our children. We are always on the look out for volunteers to support our shop, or other fundraising activities throughout the year. Lots of organisation goes into each visit, if you would like more information on getting involved, please read on.


The village that the children are from

If you would like to learn more about the location where our children live in Belarus and why we put so much energy into what we do for them, please take a look.


  • Rock Climbing

    Each year the children get to try activities they do not have access to at home.

  • Sailing

    The children enjoy an afternoon sailing at Nottingham Sailing Club.

  • Fire Station

    The fire station in Southwell is always a big hit with the children!

  • Camp

    The children will spend time at camp, hiking and getting some fresh air.

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Chernobyl Children Lifeline

What is a Chernobyl child?

Founded in 1991 to help the children of Belarus and Ukraine who have been affected by the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant disaster. The charity is made up of a number of 'Links', local groups of people sharing the same aim. There are now around 70 Links throughout the country, run by volunteers who raise funds to bring groups of children to the UK. It costs about £1000 (including airfare) to bring a child here for a three week respite holiday, and all money raised by the charity goes towards these costs.

The children who visit us are amongst the most deserving children. Many of the children who come to Britain appear normal and healthy, but they are all subjected to the long term effects of levels of radiation that would not be tolerated in the Western World. Their situation is often exacerbated by lack of or cost of medical facilities, contaminated food, poor nutrition, poor living conditions, unemployment and/or low wages, and difficult family circumstances (e.g. alcoholism). Far from every home we enter is uninhabitable or perhaps as dire as you would imagine, but every home is beneath the standards we enjoy, every child deserves this adventure. We only wish we could offer it to more children each year.