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Silver Lining support Chernobyl Children's Lifeline

On Wednesday 21st February, we traveled to Alton to the head office of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, a charity that has been providing care, respite and vital supplies to children in Belarus and Ukraine affected by the Chernobyl disaster for over 25 years. We donated a Splicecom telephone system and support to the charity, and will be providing them with data backup services in the future.

In April 1986, the world’s worst nuclear disaster took place when reactor number four at the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded, sending massive quantities of radioactive material into the atmosphere. Although the area around the station was devastatingly contaminated, leading to mass evacuations and numerous deaths, it was the neighboring territory of Belarus to the north which bore the brunt of the drifting cloud of radioactive fallout, over 70% of the output from the disaster. Since the incident, thousands of Belarusian children have been born with deformities, learning disabilities, thyroid and bone cancers, leukaemia, and myriad other debilitating conditions resulting from the effects of radiation.

In 1992, Victor Mizzi OBE founded the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline in order to bring these children to the UK to enjoy vital recuperation from their conditions. Children stay with volunteer families in the UK for four-week stints. Since 1992, the charity has organised these respite trips for more than 40,000 children. The organisation also provides medicines, multi-vitamins and essential healthcare supplies to children in Belarus and Ukraine, as well as chemotherapy treatments to support children who are too sick to travel. The charity has supplied thousands of tonnes of life-supporting medicines and materials to hospitals and orphanages within the last decade alone.

We met with the regional arm or “link” of the CCLL in Alton; the charity has multiple links across the country. We provided them with a Splicecom telephone system to ensure their communications run smoothly. The Alton link is the CCLL’s head office, so having reliable internal telephony is especially vital here. We also donated the January proceeds from our office tuck shop to the charity, which totalled £120. In future, we are looking to provide the charity with a data backup solution to further improve their internal efficiency.

To find out more about Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, visit their website:

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