Sponsored cycle in aid of Chernobyl children

A Newton Stewart man is getting on his bike this weekend in aid of children who continue suffering from the ongoing consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 1:51 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 1:52 pm
Ken Barlow will be cycling 25 miles to help children still being affected by Chernobyl

Although the accident happened more than 35 years ago the effects continue to be felt to this day, as children are still being born with a number of health issues including genetic blood disorders, soft organ defects, cancers, digestive difficulties and deficient immune systems.

Chernobyl Children's Lifeline (CCLL) was founded in 1992 to bring children from Belarus and northern Ukraine to the UK for respite care holidays which flush out and boost their immune systems.

The CCLL Cairnsmore link was set up in 2018 in Newton Stewart as an entirely voluntary cause to help facilitate visits to Galloway.

Link member Ken Barlow will set off at 2pm on Sunday from the Riverside car park to cycle 25 miles around the south Galloway Forest.

Dodging the midges and tourists en-route, Ken is hoping to raise funds to sponsor Chernobyl children visiting the region in the summer of 2022.

Ken said: “I’ve been getting the miles in the bank so I’m ready to set off on Sunday and any and all donations are very welcome indeed for this worthy cause.”

To sponsor Ken visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/janet-harra2 or call 01671 403596.

To learn more about the charity visit www.ccllcairnsmore.org.uk.