Diamond date will be a ball for Belarus kids

Chernobyl children pictured in 2014 after receiving new shoes or trainers
Chernobyl children pictured in 2014 after receiving new shoes or trainers

Friends of Chernobyl’s Children Forth Valley (FOCC) are hosting their second fundraising Diamond Ball to host 19 children from Belarus.

The children, whose homes and extended families are still being affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, will spend four weeks free from contamination.

The FOCC group is a registered charity which devotes its energies to raising funds to bring children affected by the radiation fall-out from the nuclear plant explosion to Scotland every year for a period of five years.

The charity was set up in 2012 and the group of children that it currently cares for now numbers 19.

The charity chooses children who are the most disadvantaged. They are all aged between six and 12 and come from social situations that make it almost impossible to get the care they require at home.

The children are due to arrive at the end of May for their third annual visit.

The charity meets the full costs of the children’s visits to Scotland, including optical, dental and health checks, healthy food and a packed programme of fun activities.

The help and care does not end when the children return to Belarus.

The charity also provides a 12-month supply of vitamins and essential medicines found necessary at their health check, along with clothes and food for both the children and their families.

As a small independent charity it guarantees that all the funds raised are used for the benefit of the children.

It costs the charity in the region of £1200 per child, per visit.

In order to help raise these funds, the charity is holding its Diamond Ball, sponsored by Barclay Diamonds, at the Macdonald Inchyra Hotel onSaturday, April 25.

The evening is being hosted by Paul Harper from Heart FM.

There will be a lucky dip with a prize provided by sponsors Barclay Diamonds, an auction and raffle, with a delicious four-course meal.

Tickets cost £60 per person or £550 for a table of ten. Dress code is black tie.

For tickets contact Kate McKenna on 07979402232 or email foccforthvalley.fundraising@gmail.com