Westhill Dental Practice will welcome eight girls from the Chernobyl region of Ukraine tomorrow (Friday) as part of a charitable initiative.
The girls have left behind their war torn homeland and are to visit the North-east as part of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Charity (CCLC) initiative.
Annually, it hosts children from the Chernobyl region for four- week recuperative breaks in the UK.
The charity was founded in 1991 and, amongst other things, has aimed to provide children with these recuperative breaks hosted by a family in the UK.
The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on April 26, 1986, at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (then officially the Ukrainian SSR), which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of the Soviet Union.
An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western area of the USSR and also Europe.
Thirty one people died in the accident itself, and long-term effects such as cancers and deformities are still being accounted for.
Since 1992, over 46 000 children have been given this opportunity thanks to CCLC.
The youngsters suffer from various radiation-associated illnesses. However, during their stay and as part of the support programme, Westhill Dental Practice is providing free dental examinations and treatment.
The girls will attend the practice with their host families, interpreter and representative of the charity for their initial appointments.