North Wales Coast Link

©CCLL NORTH WALES COAST LINK

©CCLL NORTH WALES COAST LINK

©CCLL NORTH WALES COAST LINK

 

Hi, my name is Gerrie, and I want to welcome you to our new website. Thanks to Steve Walch, who has voluntarily given up his life the last few days to producing this, we can now launch our brand-new site.

 

The North Wales Coast Link was started in 2004, after a chance encounter with an old friend who asked if I would like to meet two Chernobyl children. I met them in Liverpool and was totally smitten by them, their story, and how the effects of the Chernobyl Disaster still affected so many lives. When I got home I talked to my husband and we contacted what was then the Caernarfon link, and within a few weeks we were hosting two little girls.

While Anastasia and Kristina were staying with us, we would take them out in their little red Chernobyl hats, and people would ask about them. After hearing their story many people just handed us money. So, after the girls went back I had over £500, which I had just pushed into an envelope intending to send it to CCLL head office.  I certainly had no intention of starting a link, but that £500 was enough to bring another child. So with the backing of family and friends, we started the North Wales Coast Link, and  the rest, as they say….. is history.

 

We have to date hosted around 300 children from Belarus and Ukraine over the last 16 years.  We are all volunteers who spend the year fund raising, to bring a group of 14 children to stay in North Wales for a month each summer. They stay with families in the area, people who open their homes and hearts to one or two children for their 4 weeks stay.  To make it as easy as possible for our hosts and to make sure each child gets to do all the activities, we pick the children up each morning on the bus, and take them on a new adventure each day, before dropping them off again in the evening.

 

This is very much a community charity. There is certainly a core of team members, IT, admin, host families, people who collect and supply good second-hand clothing, bus drivers, those who arrange fund raising events etc, but you know, there is a saying: ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. Well it takes the community to get the children here, and to take care of them for a month. Please take a look around the site and see what projects we are involved with in Ukraine and Belarus and check the gallery to see just how many trips the children go on, all thanks to the kindness and generosity of the local community, shops, and attractions.

 

Enjoy the site and get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

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