Portsmouth/Hayling Link  


The following are various Pre 2013 media items about the Link.


Stacy is humbled by the recognition

TOP Stacy Lunn, right, with Melanie Goddard, student social worker for sponsor Fairways Care.   Picture: Malcolm Wells (123630-8818)

Stacy Lunn, right, with Melanie Goddard, student social worker for sponsor Fairways Care.

Stacy said: ‘I’m really humbled that I’ve been recognised for the work that I do.’





Chernobyl charity hits out as thief takes charity box

Members of the Portsmouth and Hayling Island Link of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline are in despair after the box was taken from the Shepherds Crook pub in Goldsmith Avenue, Southsea.

Published on Wednesday 24 October 2012 07:37



Charity’s anger at government plan for Chernobyl visa fee

BREAK AWAY Chernobyl children during a recent outing to Fratton Park

BREAK AWAY Chernobyl children during a recent outing to Fratton Park

EVERY year they give children living in the aftermath of one of the world’s most catastrophic disasters a new lease of life.

But new government legislation could mean youngsters from Chernobyl, in the Ukraine, could miss out on experiencing trips to south Hampshire.

From March 31 next year a visa scheme from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which enabled the children to enter the UK for free will be axed.

The Portsmouth and Hayling Island Link of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity has been bringing youngsters over from the Ukraine and Belarus affected by the 1986 nuclear disaster to stay with host families for a month at a time.

The change means the charity will have to pay out an extra £86 per child on top of the fundraising members carry out throughout the year.

Marian’s News Interview

‘The radiation effects at Chernobyl will last 1,000 years...’

HELPING HAND  Marian Stapley helps the children of Chernobyl. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122420-3)

HELPING HAND Marian Stapley helps the children of Chernobyl. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122420-3)


Children from Chernobyl visit Fratton Park

A group of children from the Ukraine visited Portsmouth Football Club on 22nd June to take part in a tour of Fratton Park and other activities organised in conjunction with the Pompey Study Centre.


Chernobyl kids have fun on south coast holiday

FUN Artem Zarytskyy, and Tolia Fedorenko, both 11, at Fratton Park

FUN Artem Zarytskyy, and Tolia Fedorenko, both 11, at Fratton Park

BEAMING youngsters from the Ukraine and Belarus have enjoyed what Portsmouth has to offer during a month-long break.

The Portsmouth and Hayling Island Link of the Chernobyl Children Life Line Charity (CCLL) invited children aged between 10 and 12 to the city as part of an annual visit to the UK.

The charity says the aim of the visit is to boost the children’s immune system by giving them a break away from contaminated food, water and air, as well as providing them with fun-filled activities and visits.

Visiting Pompey’s Fratton Park ground was a highlight, which included a tour of the stadium. Photos taken on the tour were then used to create comic strips at the Pompey Study Centre.

Firefighters at Fareham fire station gave the youngsters the opportunity to get up close to the action.

Watch manager Simon Whelan arranged for the children to sit in an engine, dress in uniform, and enjoy demonstrations.

Rob Baker, vice chairman of the Portsmouth link of the CCLL, said: ‘The fact is by bringing the children over here for a month it gives them an extension of life for two years.

‘It’s about the development of their thyroids. Their food is contaminated at home but they come here and eat our fresh food. By week three you see a real difference in them. You can see they are a lot more bubbly and their well-being is enhanced.

‘Generally they are ordinary kids but most of them have one parent, and one of them has no parents.

‘It’s a social thing to get them out here and have a bit of cleansing.’

The charity relies on raising £8,000 every year to fly the youngsters over and stay with host families.

They have visits to the Isle of Wight and Hayling Island, and a tour of Monkey World in Dorset, to look forward to before heading home on July 4.

Mr Baker added: ‘It’s quite warming to see the support we get year after year.

News Link Published on: 30 June 2012

Teams fired up for fun in dragon boat fundraiser


DRUMS boomed across a lake as hundreds of fundraisers battled each other in a dragon boat race.

More than 20 teams of paddlers competed to make it across the finish line at 1000 Lakeside in North Harbour yesterday.

The dragon boat festival was organised by the Southsea Castle and Portsmouth and Southsea rotary clubs to raise money for the Rowans Hospice, Vision Aid and sailing charity Around and Around.

Published on Monday 21 May 2012 07:12

Chernobyl Story


STUDENTS heard first-hand about the catastrophic Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in Ukraine from one of the men who helped bury a radioactive forest.

Boys and girls at Mayfield School in North End had a visit from engineer Oleksandr Shimanskiy who was sent out 26 years ago to clear the so-called ‘red wood’ – named after the colour it turned through radiation.

Published on Thursday 26 April 2012 07:52

I am passionate about helping young people’


For years, a dedicated team of volunteers have been giving children from Chernobyl breaks in this country.

Members of the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line charity arrange for youngsters from Belarus and Ukraine to come and stay with families in the Portsmouth area.

Published on Friday 17 February 2012 08:48

Portsmouth Aviation Limited collecting Clothes for Chernobyl Children

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Our Vice Chair Rob Baker has organised collections of second hand clothing to raise much needed funds for the PHIL CCLL.

Portsmouth University School of Dentistry

The children’s visit in June 2011 was featured in the Dental Mirror newsletter autumn 2011, the articel is below or you can download the newsletter on the link below.


The Dental Mirror newsletter autumn 2011

News Report of the Children’s visit to the PFC Study Centre - 24 June 2011


GLAD TO BE HERE Chernobyl youngsters on a visit to Fratton Park

IT’S been a walk in the park for kids from a Chernobyl charity.

Fourteen underprivileged children aged 10-12 visited Fratton Park.

The members of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity were taken on a tour of the stadium and had pictures taken running up the tunnel singing ‘Play up Pompey’.

They also learnt how to conduct interviews and commentate on football action. Rob Baker, vice chairman for Portsmouth and Hayling Island’s link to the charity, said: ‘The children had a fantastic day with the PFC team and will take away many fond memories. We would like to thank the study centre team for their hard work.’

Comic strips of their day were made at the club’s study centre. The trip was part of a four-week break for the children, who were staying with host families before going home this week.

See the Visit Photos in the Gallery

Marian’s Portsmouth Live TV Interview - 24 June 2011


Marians interview at Fratton Park during the 2011 visit

News Report on the Children’s Visit to Fareham Fire Station on 20 June 2011


Chernobyl children enjoy a day out at Fareham fire station

UNDERPRIVILEGED kids who have to live with the nuclear fallout from Chernobyl enjoyed a visit to Fareham fire station.

The youngsters got a taste of life as a firefighter when they were treated to a ride in an engine, experienced using breathing equipment and dressed in full protective uniform.

The day, arranged by watch manager Simon Whelan, included a demonstration of putting out a pan fire.

The 14 children from Belarus and parts of Ukraine had a hand at using various fire hoses and were provided with smoke alarms for their homes. They have been spending time with host families this month in the hope of making a difference to their health and lives.

The station was supported by Asda and Sainsbury’s which provided a barbecue lunch, snacks throughout the day and goodie bags for the children to return home with.

Rob Baker, vice-chairman of the Portsmouth and Hayling Island branch of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, said: ‘The day was a great success and we tried to make it as fun as possible.’

See the Visit Photo in the Gallery

The Children Visited Priory School on 7 June 2011

A breath of fresh air...


GOOD GAME Aliona Khorava and Priory School sports leader Abbi Greenland. Picture: Allan Hutchings (112044-075)

YOUNG victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster spent a morning playing sports with Portsmouth students.

The group of 12 to 14-year-olds are enjoying a month’s holiday in the city thanks to the Chernobyl Children Life Line charity.

They played games including rounders, table tennis and badminton with year 10 students at Priory School in Southsea.

Jamie Lewis, head of community sport, said: ‘Even though there was a language barrier our guests soon picked up the range of sports we had on offer.

‘We were all shocked to hear a month’s respite in our environment could add two years to the life-span of these children.

‘Our students have asked to get more involved in the charity’s work.’

See the Photos in our Gallery

BBC Radio Solent 96.1FM - Chair Persons Interview on the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster


The Portsmouth News Lighting the way forward for victims - 27 April 2011


The Portsmouth News Promote Our 25 Years On Awareness - 22 April 2011


The report stated that the candle event is on Tuesday 26th, but its actually on the eve of the disaster Monday 25th April, as this ties in with the other Europeon charities who have their events on the evening before the events. If you need further details see our Events & 25 Years on pages.



Many thanks to the News reported Sheanne Mulholland for an excellent article.


The Southern Star Helps Promote Our 25 Years On Awareness - April 2011

Oat So Simple and Wave 105


Our Events Coordinator Star entered Marian it to the Wave 105 event to thank people from the local Community for the hard work they do.

Apparently Marian believes this is her best side!

See the Wave 105 Gallery wave_logo.bmp

Hayling Islander - August 2010


Our artical can be found on Page 16



Living with effects of Chernobyl disaster 25 years on

The Portsmouth & Hayling Island Link of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Charity hosted 12 children from the Ukraine. The Chernobyl Reactor exploded in April 1986 and the effects of the radiation are still ongoing. The children stay for a month with volunteer host families. There is a structured programme for the children and they visit local schools and various places of interest, plus lots of fun day trips. While they are here they also had their eyes tested by Portsea Island Opticians and they are provided with any spectacles required free of charge. The Portsmouth University Dental School also checks their teeth and again provides treatment for the children if they need it.

If the children live here for a month in the summer and have uncontaminated food and fresh air it is possible that a further 2 years can be added to their lives. I would like to thank all the host families for their dedication and support; they all did a wonderful job. I would also like to thank the following:

Hayling Fun Fair For their continued support and fun they gave the children.

Waitrose Havant For the wonderful donations of fruit to the host families.

Co-op For the flower donations for the children to give to their host Mums on the day they left.

3B’s Sandwich Shop (Jan Frith) - for donating and cooking such a super bar-be-que on the Beach for 50 people.

Wayne Trumper For his time and help with transporting things.

Tony Callard For his continued support and interest.

Peter & Joanna Walker For their help and support at functions etc.

Vivienne Pearce For her help with making the posies

Designer Windows Ltd Thank you Stuart for your kind donation.

Plus a big thank you everyone who supported the Clothes Swap fundraiser organised by Louise Woods & Kay Sivewright in Northney Village Hall in May and donated raffle prizes.

I would also like to thank all the people who have donated clothes, suitcases, raffle prizes, money etc. Our organisation relies on such donations and we are very grateful. We need to raise £8,000 per year to pay for just the flights to bring 12 children over to the UK.

Also if you feel you may be able to host two children next year please contact our Host Family Co-ordinator - Mrs Stacy Lunn email: hosting.portsmouth@ccll.org.uk or our Chairperson Mrs Marian Stapley email: chair.portsmouth@ccll.org.uk fo rfurther details about this challenging but rewarding role.

Hayling.co.uk - August 2010


Portsmouth News - 4 June 2010

Holiday for Chernobyl children

Published Date: 04 June 2010
FAMILIES will take Ukrainian children suffering from the legacy of the Chernobyl disaster into their homes.
The Portsmouth and Hayling Island areas are planning to host 12 youngsters as part of a project launched by the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line (CCLL).

The charity’s aim is to provide holidays for young people from areas still polluted by the 1986 nuclear disaster.

Beginning on June 2, the children will spend a week benefiting from fresh air and safe food, which CCLL says are in short supply in the Ukraine.

This year’s group programme includes visits to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Butlins, Paultons Park and Monkey World.

CCLL was founded in 1991 by Victor Mizzi MBE, who runs the charity from his home in Haslemere, and there are now more than 135 branches operating in the UK.

Mr Mizzi said: "We as a group are most grateful for the generosity of the support received from all the locations we visit. "



The Southern Star published an article in the April 2011 edition to raise awareness of the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster