Annual trip for Chernobyl youths

The Chernobyl group in Ayrshire
The Chernobyl group in Ayrshire

Big-hearted staff have dug deep to provide a range of essential items for 12 young girls from Chernobyl families. The donation, from South Ayrshire Council, was part of an annual trip arranged by the Ayrshire Link of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.

The charity was formed in 1992 following the Chernobyl nuclear power station accident in 1986 which left millions of children at high risk of developing cancer, leukaemia or other illnesses. Each year children from these areas come to the UK for respite care from the effects of radioactive contamination and South Ayrshire has a long history of welcoming the children and local families providing accommodation for them.

South Ayrshire Depute Provost, Mary Kilpatrick, welcomed the children to the County Buildings along with Councillor Rita Miller and Councillor Nan McFarlane.

This year 12 girls, aged between 9 and 13, visited South Ayrshire. As part of the programme the girls arrived with almost empty luggage with the aim of heading home with a case load full of clothes. Items’ donated by Council staff included dresses, trousers, pyjamas, underwear, socks, t-shirts, leggings, swimming costumes, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, note books and pencils.

Depute Provost, Mary Kilpatrick said it had been a pleasure to meet the girls, “We welcomed the girls to South Ayrshire with open arms, and the group were clearly enjoying a trip of a lifetime.

“People in South Ayrshire have traditionally stepped up to support the charity, and I’m glad to say that they didn’t disappoint this year. I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to get involved this year. The girls are very fashion conscious and have had great fun trying on and wearing their new outfits.”

“It’s through small gestures that we can make a real difference to peoples lives, and the items donated will provide the girls with clothes and luxuries that they might otherwise have been unable to afford.”