THE chairman of the Burtonwood link of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline has spoken out about his recent trip to Belarus to witness first hand the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

This is not the first time Colin Frodsham, from Burtonwood, has travelled to Belarus but each visit is always one he will never forget.

The 75-year-old has worked with the CCLL for many years to help bring youngsters from Belarus to Warrington for a short break to escape the unwavering levels of radiation.

He said: “1997 saw the foundation of the Burtonwood Link of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Charity open.

“The opportunity to provide a safe environment particularly for youngsters to aid and assist their development after the trauma of the after-effects of the nuclear disaster in April 1986 was too good to miss.”

Just four weeks in the UK with clean air and uncontaminated food has been proven to help improve the lives of those who visit.

Colin added: “Children are still living in a contaminated atmosphere and our help could just make that difference to their lives.

“Being here for just four weeks is sufficient to improve their immune systems to fight the ravages of a nuclear disaster.”

Since the disaster, Belarus has suffered from 70 per cent of the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear explosion on April 26, 1986.