Portsmouth/Hayling Link  

25 Years On

April 26th 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the catastrophic failure and subsequent explosion of reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine, just south of its border with Belarus.

The Portsmouth & Hayling Island Link (PHIL) are part of a national charity founded in 1992 by Victor Mizzi M.B.E. The Chernobyl Children’s Life Line (CCLL) raise money to supchernobyl_explosion images.jpgport the children of Belarus and Ukraine, whose lives will be forever affected by the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, the funds raised allow the children to visit the UK for four week respite holiday, today over 45,000 children have been able to visit the UK.

The four week recuperative break, away from contaminated food, water and air boosts their immune systems and makes a real difference to their health and well being.25 person candle

April 26th 2011 was not  a day of celebration - however it was an unique opportunity raise

awareness and to remind the world that this is a disaster that will never go away.

We joined together with charities across Europe that supports Chernobyl children; our aim was to

have "25" in candles burning as far as afield as the contamination spread during the initial explosion.


We arranged for groups of supporters to have their photos taken in the formation of 25, as shown. These photos are on our website and werein the local media to raise awareness of the 25th

anniversary and to focus on the candlelit vigil event at the Portsmouth Guildhall Square which wason the 25th April 2011 at 8.00pm.

We asked everyone who donateed to light their candle at 8.00pm on Monday 25th April 2011 to show the world that people do care, or please take part in the candle event on the 25th April which are being held all over Europe.

Thankyou to everyone who supported us.

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Many more photos of the events are on the Gallery

                                                                    The main charity site has a Gallery of photos from around the country.


PHIL-CCLL provides a four week recuperative break for children from the Chernobyl area. Away from contaminated food, water and air boosts their immune systems to make a real difference to their health and wellbeing.

It’s all about "MAKING A DIFFERENCE"