I came across Chernobyl Childrens Life Line in Sefton a couple of years ago as my Husband has done some sessions kayaking with the Children while they have been staying in Southport . I have always been aware of Chernobyl , and the long lasting effects of the accident. I have seen many photographers visit and document the area , but I hadn’t really realised the ongoing human issues , families who have been relocated and ongoing health concerns. When I saw that there were a group of Children currently visiting Southport , having amazing days out , health and dental checks I offered a photoshoot , so that the Children could take back a photograph of themselves and their friends as a momento of their trip .

Spending time here is believed to boost the children’s immune system and the Children and their lovely teacher Kate stay with a number of Host Families . Chernobyl Childrens Life Line raise funds throughout the year to be able to make these trips happen.

So , one Thursday afternoon … 10 very lively children came to the Studio …. with Kate acting as Translator as my Russian is very resty (non existent!) There was lots of demonstration and sign language going on but we managed! The Boys were happy to go first and there was lots of giggling and whispering – even though I had no clue what was being said! The Girls were introduced to my amazing dressing up rail and spent the next half an hour deciding what dresses and accessories they could use!

I was overwhelmed ….not at the time ….10 children posing for photographs kept me busy ….but afterwards ….. realising how far the children had travelled , how much their Parents trusted the Charity , how much time and effort was put in by Volunteers and everyone involved , to provide the children with a boost to their health and well being and to make amazing memories for them to take back home and I know that I will be doing some fundraising next year to help.

If you feel that you could help – raising funds or acting as a Host family then please head to the website Chernobyl Childrens Life Line 

Jo xx

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